National swimmer Yip Pin Xiu created Singapore sporting history this evening when she won a silver in the Beijng Paralympics Women’s 50m freestyle S3 final – the best achievement by the Republic at the Paralympics to date.
The 16-year-old Bendemeer Secondary School student, who has muscular dystrophy, seemed a good bet for the gold medal after her record-breaking swim in her heat in the morning. She had clocked 57.04sec to smash Mexican Patricia Valle’s record of 58.16sec.
However, it was defending Paralympic champion Valle who turned the tables on Pin Xiu in the final when she beat her to the gold.
She clocked 57.05sec, a shade faster than Pin Xiu who clocked 57.43sec, but narrowly missed out on the world record, much to Pin Xiu’s relief.
Pin Xiu’s achievement means that Singapore has now won three medals at the Paralympic Games. Laurentia Tan had won two bronzes in equestrian earlier this week.
However, the medal haul could well increase by next week. Swimmer Theresa Goh, who missed out on two bronzes in the 200m freestyle S5 and 100m breaststroke S4 when she finished fourth in both events, is competing in the 50m freestyle S5 on Monday.
Pin Xiu has one more event to go as well – the 50m backstroke S3. Expect her to do well as she is the world record holder (60.80sec) in the event.
Meanwhile, sailors Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim finished eighth in the 2-Person Keelboat today. They scored a total of 49 points after 10 races (after two discards).
The Singapore Sports Fan extends his heartiest congratulations to Pin Xiu and hopes that she can enable the Majullah Singapura to be played at the Paralympics for the first time ever on Monday.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan