Wonderful news once again!
Singapore has won its second medal of the Youth Olympic Games, and once again, it has come from the sport of taekwondo.
Shafinas Abdul Rahman, a former netball player with the Singapore Sports School, is virtually assured of a bronze at the minimum after beating Kaburee Ioane 9-0 in the quarter-finals.
My heartiest congratulations to Shafinas. Here’s wishing her all the best in the semi-finals, and here’s hoping that she enters the final.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan
S’pore win 2nd medal
(The Straits Times Online, 17 August 2010)
By Sanjay Nair
SHAFINAS Abdul Rahman clinched Singapore’s second YOG medal in as many days, when she reached the semi-finals of the girls’ 55kg taekwondo competition on Tuesday afternoon.
With no playoff match for third place, the 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student is guaranteed of at least a bronze medal. This comes a day after Daryl Tan, 17, became Singapore’s first YOG medallist when he won a bronze in the boys’ 55kg category.
Shafinas, who received a bye into the quarter-finals, easily dispatched Kaburee Ioane, her 17-year-old Kiribatian opponent, to book her spot in the final four. The referee stopped the bout with 59 seconds remaining in round one, after Shafinas landed three straight kicks to her opponent?s head for a 9-0 lead.
Shafinas’ participation itself at the YOG is a remarkable feat, considering that she was a netball player with the Singapore Sports School for four years. She trained sporadically in taekwondo during her time at the Sports School and even gave up the sport a year in 2008 to concentrate on her studies.
But it is apparent that she has a talent for the martial art. Two months after rejoining the Singapore Taekwondo Federation last November, she went on to win gold at the Singapore Elite Youth Championships in January. She then landed a silver at the Asian Cities Gold Cup in Hong Kong a month later.
Looking ahead to her semi-final against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Thao this evening, Shafinas said: ‘I’m so happy now but I need to remained focused and continue to give my all to make it to the final.’
Shafinas ended up with the bronze medal after narrowly losing 8-9 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Thao in the semi-finals. Trailing 4-9 with about 90 seconds to go, Shafinas mounted a brave comeback to reduce the deficit to 7-9 and then 8-9. But she could not win the extra point to tie the clash.
Nevertheless, it was a battling performance which the 17-year-old will be proud of. My heartiest congratulations to Shafinas, thank you for bringing sporting glory to Singapore!