Newsflash: Laurentia Tan wins second bronze at Beijing Paralympics

Singapore’s Laurentia Tan won her second equestrian bronze of the Beijing Paralympic Games today.

The 29-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and profound deafness, grabbed a podium finish in the Individual Freestyle Test Grade1A event at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Centre this evening – an event which required her to perform movements to music on her horse Nothing to Lose (also known affectionately to her as Harvey).

Laurentia had indicated in The Straits Times today that she was a little worried about the event as she is not able to hear the music. The only assistance she wold be getting would be a signal when the music starts and stops.

“But I’ve been practising hard and I trust Harvey, so I hope it will be all right. I will just do my best and enjoy the ride,” she told the newspaper.

She did more than all right. Her final total of 70.167 points helped her to edge past Italy’s Andrea Vignon (69.667 points) into the medal standings.

 S Christiansen of Germany won the gold with 76.166 points while Anne Dunham of Great Britain was second (73.333)

Laurentia made history on Tuesday when she became the first Singaporean to win a Paralympic medal. She had finished third in the Individual Championship Test Grade 1A event.

Meanwhile, wheelchair racer Eric Ting did not qualify for the Men’s 400m T52 final. The Paralympic debutant and former commando finished last in his heat in 1min 29.89sec. Canada’s Dean Bergeron won the heat in a new Paralympics record of 59.16sec.

Sailors Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim are currently lying eighth in the 2-Person Keelboat after completing Race 6 today. They have 32 points (after 1 discard), 19 points off the pace for a podium finish.  Americans Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon Tucker are leading with 7 points whie Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox of Australia are second with 12.

Canada’s John Sctt McRoberts and Stacie Louttit are third with 13 points.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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One thought on “Newsflash: Laurentia Tan wins second bronze at Beijing Paralympics

  1. John Barnard says:

    Hi Lauren

    I doubt very much whether you will remember me, however many years ago you were in my class on a Saturday morning at the Diamond Centre in Carshalton – that was before you moved on to the Advanced Class with Penny Pegrum, wqho I was delighted to read still obviously very successfully coaches you.

    I was delighted to hear of your selection for the Singapore Team, and even more delighted to read of your amazing and well deserved successes in Beijing.

    I am more than confident that you will be receiving endless numbers of letters and words of congratulations, and quite rightly so – may I therefore add my name to that list, and offer to you my warmest and sincerest congratulations on your historic victory.

    May you continue to follow your dreams, and make all of those who know and knew you, so very proud.

    Please pass on too my very best wishes and congratulations to your parents.

    Kindest Best Wishes for your Fuuture Success and Happiness.

    John Barnard

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