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Sailors may have to be the ones to break Singapore’s golden duck at Asiad

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

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Newsflash: Singapore beats China 3-1 in World Team Table Tennis final

Singapore created sporting history this evening when it stunned China to win the 50th World Team Table Tennis Championships’ women’s title.

The achievement in Moscow is Singapore’s best table tennis result on the world stage to date and also marks the first time the Republic has managed to beat its biggest rival.

Singapore finished second to China at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and at last year’s Asian Championships and World Team Cup.

But this World Team Table Tennis Championships also provided the best opportunity for the Republic to beat China.

This is because the world No. 1 was competing without two of its former No. 1s – Zhang Yining and Wang Nan, who had dominated the last three Olympics and six World Team competitions.

Although the Chinese had replaced Zhang and Wang with current world No. 1 Liu Shiwen, 18, and world No. 4 Ding Ning, 19, the two teenagers lack experience and were making their World Team debuts. As such, there were fears about their ability to deliver the goods under pressure on such a major stage.

Indeed, those fears materialised tonight.

Singapore, which had spent 35 days in centralised training in Taiwan for this tournament,  drew first blood when top player Feng Tianwei defeated Ding 3-2.

(8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9). But it was Wang Yuegu’s stunning 3-1 ((11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10) of Liu that made everyone sitting at home in Singapore front of their television sets sit up.

Singapore was leading 2-0 and suddenly an upset was looking like a increasing possibility. But China prevented a 0-3 whitewash when Guo Yan overcame Sun Beibei 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6) to reduce the deficit.

And so the match hung on the clash of the world’s top two players. It did not help matters that Feng had not beaten Liu in four encounters prior to this.

But in the end, Feng clinched the world title for Singapore when she overcame Liu 3-2 (11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7) in a nerve-wracking encounter.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate the Singapore team on their success and for finally overcoming their inability to beat China.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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