Irfan in his element during the competition. (Bernama pic)

CLARK: Irfan Shamsuddin won his fourth consecutive SEA Games discus gold today with his only valid throw.

His first attempt of 57.29m was good enough for the title as his five other tries were disqualified for overstepping the line.

William Edward Morrison III of the Philippines did 51.38m to take silver while bronze went to Benjaroon Narong (51.29m) of Thailand.

Another Malaysian, Abdul Rahman Lee (51.19m), finished fourth out of nine participants.

“I had expected to do better but two weeks before the Games I suffered a ligament tear,” said the Negri Sembilan-born athlete, who has been winning since 2013.

“I will return to Malaysia tomorrow to continue with treatment before going for several competitions next year.”

Earlier, triple jumper Hakimi Ismail claimed his third successive SEA Games crown with a leap of 16.68m for Malaysia to end the final day of competition with two gold medals.

The results boosted track and field’s total haul to five gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals, meeting their five-gold target.

The other wins came from Haiqal Hanafi (men’s 100m), Yap Sean Yee (women’s high jump) and Lee Hup Wei (men’s high jump).