Singapore’s sailors are looking strong for three gold medals at the Asian Games after six races.
At the Shanwei Water Sports Centre yesterday, the Republic’s Colin Cheng continued to lead in the Laser Standard while 420 pairs Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng and Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low were the pacesetters in the boys’ and girls’ events.
Also in the hunt for a podium finish were Ryan Lo (Optimist Boys) and the men’s 470 duo of Roy Tay and Terence Koh.
Singapore has yet to win a gold at the 16th Asiad in Guangzhou.
Although our bowlers finally came away with medals in the Women’s Singles final, after firing blanks in Men’s singles on Monday, the gold remains elusive.
Rising kegler Shayna Ng has won a silver while compatriot New Hui Fen won a bronze.
Ng , 21, scored a total of 1,342 pinfalls, 53 pinfalls behind gold medallist Sun Ok Hwang from South Korea.
But she also created history en route to her silver success by becoming the first bowler to score a perfect game of 300 in the competition.
The Asian Games debutant achieved that mark in her fourth game.
New, 1 and the youngest member of the Singapore bowling team, took the bronze after finishing a pinfall behind Ng.
Meanwhile, former AMF world champion Jasmine Yeong-Nathan was forced to settle for 15th place and Geraldine Ng finished ninth.
The Singapore women’s table tennis team were outplayed 0-3 by China in the final. This is the seoncond victory that China has scored over Singapore in three meetings this year.
Singapore fielded Wang Yuegu in the first singles and the world No. 7 went down 0-3 to China world No. 8 Li Xiaoxia.
Feng Tianwei went up against current world No. 1 Guo Yan and also suffered a 3-0 defeat.
Singapore opted for veteran Li Jiawei instead of Sun Beibei in the third singles, but the 29-year-old was unable to stop China’s winning momentum, going down 0-3 to Guo Yue.
The defeat means that Singapore’s 3-1 victory over China in the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Moscow in May is now a distant memory. Since then, China has bounced back to beat Singapore 3-0 in the World Team Cup tournament in Dubai.
That victory in October and yesterday’s whitewash now brings China’s win-loss record over Singapore to a staggering 15-1.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan