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Newsbreak: Tao Li wins S’pore’s first Asian Games gold in new national record time

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

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Newsbreak: Tao Li wins Singapore’s first Asiad medal, Peter Gilchrist on verge of winning a medal

This is an edited  compilation of reports on Team Singapore athletes in action on the first day of competition at the Asian Games. My heartiest congratulations to Tao Li but my heart also goes out to Jasmine Ser for her agonisingly close miss:

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SINGAPORE won its first medal on the first day of competition at the Asian Games as swimmer Tao Li clinched a silver medal in the women’s 100m butterfly.   The 20-year-old touched home in 58.24sec, behind China’s Jiao Liuyang (57.76) at the Aoti Aquatics Centre.

Unlike at the 2006 Asiad in Doha, where she got off to a bright start but faded badly over the final 50m, Tao Li finished strongly, pulling ahead of eventual bronze medallist Yuka Kato of Japan in the final stretch to clinch a surprise silver.

But her performance, though an improvement over her bronze four year ago, fell short of her personal best of 57.54sec at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. High-tech, full-body swimsuits were still allowed then.

Singapore’s Quah Ting Wen finished 6th in the women’s 200m freestyle final with a time of 2.03.73, well short of her personal best of 1.59.21 at last year’s Asian Youth Games.

Tao Li, Ting Wen, Shana Lim and Samantha Yeo also combined to finish fifth in the women’s 4×100 medley relay in 4.15.14, about four seconds off their national record.

In shooting, Jasmine Ser came within one point of qualifying for the final in the women’s 10 metres Air rifle event.

The 20-year-old, who is nursing a flu, managed 396 points to finish ninth in qualifying. Teammates Cheng Jian Huan and Goh Jia Yi were 42nd and 45th.

In the men’s 50 metres Air Pistol event, Poh Lip Meng ranked 12th with 553 points, while Nigel Lim was 25th. Gai Bin, Singapore’s most bemedalled athlete at the Comonwealth Games, finished 27th in the qualifying competition.

In the men’s 10 metre Air Rifle event, Ong Jun Hong became Singapore’s top performer, after finishing 11th with 591 points. Zhang Jin finished in 25th place ahead of Jonathan Koh in 26th.

Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist went through to the semi-finals of the men’s English billiards singles event after beating South Korea’s Baek Min Hu 3-0.

Gilchrist, who started his campaign with a 3-0 win over Thailand’s Thawat Sujarit-thurakarn, will face Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway Oo in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Ang Boon Chin and Chan Keng Kwang defeated Lee Po-Hsien and Wu Yu-Lun of Chinese Taipei 3-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the men’s snooker team event. 

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Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Team Singapore’s results at the YOG on the sixth day of competition (Friday)

The results:

Here’s how Team Singapore fared at the YOG on Friday.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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HANDBALL

BOYS’ PRELIMINARY (GROUP B)

Singapore 7 Egypt 50

SAILING

GIRLS’ TECHNO 293

RACE 5: Audrey Yong finished 4th.
RACE 6: Audrey Yong finished 2nd.

Audrey is lying second overall after six races.

GIRLS’ BYTE CII

RACE 5: Natasha Yokoyama finished 5th.
RACE 6: Natasha Yokoyama finished 1st.

Natasha is lying fourth overall after six races.

BOYS’ BYTE CII

RACE 5: Darren Choy finished 9th.
RACE 6: Darren Choy finished 3rd.

Darren is lying third overall after six races.

HOCKEY

BOYS’ PRELIMINARY (POOL A)

Singapore 1 Pakistan 4.

SWIMMING

BOYS’ 200M BACKSTROKE (HEATS)
Rainer Ng finished 4th in Heat 3 in 2:06.74. He did not advance to the final.

GIRLS’ 400M FREESTYLE (HEATS)
Chriselle Koh finished 8th in Heat 4 in 4:34.28. She did not advance to the final.

MIXED 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY (HEATS)
Singapore finished 5th in Heat 3 in 4:08.94. The team did not advance to the final.

GIRLS’ 200M BREASTSTROKE (HEATS)
Cheryl Lim finished 6th in 2:40.23. She did not advance to the semi-finals.

GIRLS’ 50M FREESTYLE (FINAL)
Amanda Lim came in 6th in 26.05s.

EQUESTRIAN

TEAM JUMPING
Caroline Chew (below) came in 4th, completing her jumps in 59 seconds with no penalties.

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