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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:


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. 


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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SEA Games: Tears for U-23 football team, joy for shooters and bittersweet day for swimmers

Singapore won two more individual golds in swimming this evening but in a surprise twist, star swimmer Quah Ting Wen, was not the recipient of either.

Instead, it was Singapore Sports School students Amanda Lim and Tao Li who delivered the goods in the 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly finals respectively.

Constantly in the shadow of Ting Wen, her more illustrious peer, 16-year-old Amanda finally emerged as a star in her own right this evening when she defeated Ting Wen in the 50m freestyle.

In a repeat of their clash in the same event at the Asian Youth Games in July, Amanda found herself neck-to-neck with Ting Wen in the first 25m.*

But this time, the Singapore Sports School student, who is coached by Peter Churchill, gradually pulled away from her arch-rival to touch home in a new SEA Games record time of 25.82sec.* The time was 0.31sec faster than the old record of 26.13sec.  Ting Wen was second in 25,88sec.

However, Amanda’s time will not be a new national record as the time was slower than her national mark of 25.38sec which she had set in the semi-finals during the  AYG.*

It was then Tao Li’s turn to shine. And the 19-year-old Singapore Sports School student was simply in a class of her own as she defeated Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin by four bodylengths in the 200m butterfly final. Her time of 2:13.489 also broke the SEA Games record of 2:14.11.

Tao Li’s gold was her fourth individual title of the SEA Games – she had also won the 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly before tonight’s final — and her fifth in total.  She had also helped Singapore to win in the 4x100m medley relay.

Ting Wen, on the other hand, couldn’t end her Vientiane campaign on a golden note.

Looking visibly tired, the 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior College) student seemed to run out of steam in the 400m individual medley, her final event of the Games. She eventually finished second in 4min 56.32sec, more than a second behind Thailand’s Nattanan Jung-kra-jan, who won in 4:55.07. Koh Hui Yi clinched the bronze with her time of 4:56.73.

Nor could Singapore end the swimming competition with a sweep of all the relays. Despite their best efforts, the quartet of Rainer Ng, Ng Jia Hao, Clement Lim and Russell Ong could not win relay gold No. 6 in the men’s 4x100m medley relay They took the silver instead in 3:44.15, behind winners Indonesia, who clocked a new Games record of 3:41.72.

But there was at least a small consolation for the quartet – their time was a new national record, slicing four seconds off the 3:48.78 that they had set at the World Championships in Rome in August.

Meanwhile, our shooters continued their golden run by winning a sixth gold. The team of Gai Bin, Poh Lip Meng and Nigel Lim won the 50m pistol team event – their second team gold after the 10m air pistol team event – with a combined score of 1,646. Vietnam (1,618) and Thailand (1615) came in second and third respectively.

But there were tears on the football pitch as Singapore’s hopes of reaching the final of the SEA Games football competition ended with a 1-4 drubbing by Vietnam in the semi-finals.

Singapore took the lead in the 27th minute through striker Khairul Nizam but Vietnam overturned the deficit into a 2-1 lead by half-time, thanks to goals from Phan Thanh Binh and Phan Tien Thanh. As Singapore chased the game, they were constantly hit on the break by the speedy Vietnamese.

It was no surprise then that the Republic went on to concede a third goal in the 69th minute. To rub salt into Singapore’s wounds, Vietnam scored their final goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

In athletics, discus thrower Wan Lay Chi became the third Singaporean to finish fourth in the track and field competition after Stefan Tseng (men’s triple jump) and Amirudin Jamal (men’s 100m). She threw 46.09m.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

(*Note: My thanks to sl for pointing out some factual inaccuracies in my initial report. I have amended them since.  – SSF)

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SEA Games: Singapore wins a gold each in shooting, swimming and snooker

After winning 10 golds yesterday, Singapore’s gold rush in the SEA Games in Laos turned into a trickle today.

Our athletes ended up with just three golds instead, courtesy of the men’s 10m air pistol team, the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay quartet of Quah Ting Wen, Lynette Lim, Amanda Lim and Mylene Ong and the men’s snooker doubles partnership of Ang Boon Chin and Lim Chun Kiat.

SEA Games rookie Nigel Lim marked his debut in style by combining with Gai Bin and Poh Lip Meng to win Singapore’s first-ever gold in the 10m air pistol team event.

The trio scored a total of 1,719 points to take away the crown from defending champion Vietnam who scored 1,710 points. Thailand won the bronze with their tally of 1,696.

Their triumph means that Singapore has now won four golds in shooting in Laos.

In swimming, a targeted gold in the women’s 400m freestyle did not materialize as Quah Ting Wen and Lynette Lim were beaten by Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin.

Lynette fought Khoo tooth and nail but could not stop her rival from touching home first in a new SEA Games record time of 4min 10.75sec. Still, Lynette’s silver-medal time of 4:11.24 was a new national record. Ting Wen took the bronze.

But Lynette and Ting Wen bounced back to help Singapore to win the 4x100m freestyle relay. Combining with Amanda Lim and Mylene Ong, they stopped the clock in a new SEA Games and national record time of 3:45.73.

The previous SEA Games record was 3:51.86, set by Thailand at the last SEA Games while the prevous national record was 3:46.91.

Singapore’s third gold came from the snooker doubles pair of Ang Boon Chin and Lim Chun Kiat who beat Malaysia’s Thor Chuan Leong and Chee Wee Lai in the final.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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