Tao Li ensured that the Majullah Singapura was finally heard at the Asian Games in Guangzhou when she blitzed her way to a gold medal in the 50m butterfly this evening.
The Singapore Sports School student successfully defended the title that she won at the 2006 Asiad Games in style, storming home in a new national record time of 26.10sec on the last day of the swimming competition.
It was her second national record in the event in a day.
This morning, she had clocked 26.52sec in her heat to emerge as the joint-fastest qualifer for the evening’s final. The time eclipsed her national record of 26.64sec and was also an improvement of her Asiad gold-medal winning time of 26.73sec in 2006.
The other swimmer who matched her time this morning was China’s Lu Ying.
But it was Japan’s Yuka Kato who fought tooth and nail with Tao Li for the gold in the final reckoning. She was eventually pipped to the gold, touching the wall in 26.27sec. Lu Ying was third in 26.29sec.
Singapore’s medal tally in Guangzhou now stands at one gold, four silvers and two bronzes.
The Republic won its fourth silver yesterday when Remy Ong and Jason Yeong-Nathan finished joint-second with Japan in the men’s doubles with identical scores of 2,691 pinfalls. Malaysia’s Alex Liew and Adrian won the gold with 2,711.
Singapore can still add a couple more golds to its tally through sailing.
After three days of sailing, the pairs of Cecilia Low and Rachel Lee and Sherman Cheng and Justin Liu are leading their respective 420 fields.
Colin Cheng is overall second in the Laser while Ryan Lo, (Boy’s Optimist), Kimberly Lim (Girl’s Optimist), Scott Glen Sydney (Laser Radial) and Teo Wee Chin and Justin Wong (Hobie 16) are all lying third in their respective classes.
Today is a rest day for our sailors who will resume competition tomorrow. Here’s wishing them all the best.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan