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Newsbreak: Three-gold bonanza for Team Singapore, thanks to sailors and bowlers

Heartiest congratulations to bowlers Geraldine Ng, Shayna Ng and Cherie Tan and sailors Sherman Cheng, Justin Liu, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low for striking gold at the Asian Games today.

I think the Singapore Bowling Federation will be heaving a huge sigh of relief after finally breaking their golden duck at the Asian Games, a barren streak that started from the 2006 Doha Games.

Let’s hope this spurs the team on to go in with guns blazing in the remaining events in Guangzhou.

SingaporeSailing could not repeat its five-gold haul from the 2006 Asiad but I think winning two golds and two silvers is a reasonably decent result.

I am particularly happy with Sherman and Justin’s successful defence of their 2006 title which suggests that they are truly without peers in the region.

Here’s wishing them all the best and many more years of similar success when they move to the 470 after this.

Here are the reports of our bowlers and sailors’ golden exploits.

Once again, my heartiest congratulations to all of them for doing Singapore proud. Who says local sporting talent cannot deliver the goods for Singapore?

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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The reports:

S’pore bowlers win gold

(The Straits Times Online, 20 Nov 2010)

By May Chen

SINGAPORE keglers Shayna Ng, Geraldine Ng and Cherie Tan turned in top-class performances on Saturday to clinch the women’s trios gold medal at the Asian Games.

They registered 3,917 pinfalls after six games to finish top of the pack by 68 pinfalls. The South Korean trio of Choi Jin A, Hwang Sun Ok and Son Jun Hee took silver with 3,849 pinfalls, while China’s Yang Suling, Chen Dongdong and Zhang Yuhong finished third with 3,841 pinfalls.

This is Singapore’s second gold medal at the Asian Games following swimmer Tao Li’s triumph in the women’s 50m butterfly on Thursday. It is also the fourth medal that Singapore’s bowlers have won. Prior to this, the Republic’s keglers won two silvers and one bronze.

Singapore’s other trios partnership of Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Jazreel Tan and New Hui Fen finished in 10th place with 3,626 pinfalls.

In the men’s trios, Basil Low, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong were Singapore’s best performers. They finished 13th with 3,693 pinfalls, while Ng Tiac Pin, Benjamin Lim and Mark Wong were 19th with 3,620 pinfalls.

South Korea took gold (4061 pinfalls) and silver (3952 pinfalls), while Qatar took bronze (3908 pinfalls).

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Gold for S’pore sailors

(The Straits Times Online,  20 Nov 2010)

By May Chen

SINGAPORE’S sailors have added two golds, two silvers and four bronzes to the Republic’s medal haul at the Asian Games.

Reigning world champions Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng’s steady and consistent peformances, which included five wins out of 12 races, led them to the gold in the men’s 420.

On the other hand, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low chalked up an impressive 10 wins out of 12 races to take first place in the women’s 420.

The sailors had looked set to finish with two golds and six bronzes at the end of the six-day sailing competition on Saturday, but were pleasantly surprised when they ended up with two silvers in the women’s optimist and men’s laser events after hosts China was hit with post-race protests.

Colin Cheng finished second in the men’s laser while Kimberly Lim took silver in the women’s dinghy optimist.

Singapore’s bronzes came from Ryan Lo (Men’s Optimist), Scott Glen Sydney (Laser Radial), Dawn Liu and Siobhan Tam (Women’s 470) and Teo Wee Chin and Justin Wong (Hobie 16).

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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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Snub of Churchill and Foo shows that the Sports Awards are a farce

The report:

This report was published in today’s edition of TODAY:

It’s a cop-out, says Tao Li’s coach (TODAY, 7 May 2009) 

By Low Lin Fhoong  

THE Singapore Table Tennis Association’s (STTA) decision not to nominate Liu Guodong for Coach of the Year honours for this year’s Singapore Sports Awards has created quite a stir.

The selection committee, headed by Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) president Teo Chee Hean, revealed on Tuesday that they considered giving the Chinese coach the nod even without the national sports association’s endorsement, after he helped guide the women’s table tennis team to a silver medal at the Beijing Games last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo said that eventually, the committee felt the STTA’s decision not to nominate Liu held sway and for the ninth time since the award was introduced in 1969, there were no winners in the category.

Nominees Peter Churchill (swimming), Mervyn Foo (bowling), Brett Bayer (sailing) and Yuan Kexia (gymnastics) were bypassed, as SNOC secretary general Chris Chan said the committee felt the other candidates paled in comparison “to what he (Liu) has delivered so we felt there was no worthy winner”.

When contacted yesterday, Singapore Sports School coach Churchill expressed his disappointment over the selectors’ claim that the four nominees were not deserving of the accolade.

In a telephone interview with Today, the Aussie said: “It’s disappointing that they think the four people nominated are not good enough for it. That’s a pretty big cop out because there are other coaches who turned up on the day and did the job.

“The STTA didn’t want to nominate the coach for various reasons, it doesn’t mean that none of the other coaches are not worthy of being in the race for it.

“Its like if a marathon is on and the favourite for it doesn’t turn up, then well and good for everyone else. It doesn’t mean to say you don’t have the race.

“There were four people who were nominated, and one of them should win.”

Churchill, together with the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) and Sports School, helped guide swimming sensation Tao Li to her first 100m butterfly Olympic final in Beijing, where she finished fifth.

The 19-year-old also won three gold and a bronze in the seven-leg Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup 2008 short course (25m) series, and bettered Natalie Coughlin’s 100m fly record in the Berlin-leg in the process.

The SSA had nominated Churchill based on his track record with Tao Li, and president Jeffrey Leow said: “Peter was Tao Li’s coach last year and he played a substantial role in helping her achieve what she did last year and it was a natural thing to nominate him for the award. We believe Peter deserved a shot at the Coach of the Year … but we respect the decision.”

Olympic shooter Lee Wung Yew felt Churchill should have been the next choice for the award.

“In a way, it’s unfair,” said the marksman. “If you put down all the coaches on the table, table tennis will win but he wasn’t nominated amid the controversy, so next in line would have been Peter Churchill because of his achievements with Tao Li.”

Former national swimmer David Lim echoed the sentiment.

“Peter Churchill deserved to win based on Tao Li’s performance,” said the Olympian. “Swimming is a competitive sport with over 100 countries participating in events like the Olympics, and Tao Li managed to finish fifth in her event.”

My thoughts:

This was for me the most relevant story of the day in the aftermath of the Singapore Sports Awards judging panel’s farcical decision  to not name a winner for the Coach of the Yar Award just because table-tennis coach Liu Guodong was not one of the nominees.

So kudos to TODAY for being sharp enough to pick this up.

As swimming coach Peter Churchill – who would have been the most deserving of the award in Liu’s absence – aptly puts it: “There were four people who were nominated, and one of them should win.” 

One can say that this situation is no different from that of the Sportsman of the Year Award.

The panel felt that all the nominees were not worthy of the Award and as such, decided not to name a winner this year.

I beg to differ. The field for this year’s Sportsman Award was quite a poor one.

If I am not mistaken, Remy Ong was probably the best contender for the Award but he was nominated for his achievements at Commonwealth Championships level, which, to be honest, at his level,  is quite a low-level achievement at a low -level international competition.

(Actually, I was surprised that golfer Lam Chih Beng wasn’t among the list of nominations. Given that he had won his first Asian Tour title, the Volvo Masters of Asia, last year, and also became the first Singaporean golfer to qualify for the final stages of the British Open, I thought he would have made a worthy recipient.)

But in the case of the Coach of the Year Award, it was a insult by the judging panel to declare that what the other nominees had achieved paled in comparison to the Olympic silver medal that Liu had guided the women’s national team to at the Beijing Games last August.

What complete and utter rubbish.

 Does the panel mean to say that Churchill’s efforts in transforming Tao Li, a no-hoper at the start of the Games, into

a)  the first Singaporean swimmer to qualify for an Olympic final and then,

b) into the first Singaporean swimmer to win gold and set a new record at  the Fina World Cup, 

pale in comparison to Liu’s?

Likewise, it was equally insulting of the panel to look down on Mervyn Foo’s efforts in transforming Jasmine Yeong-Nathan from a wallflower bowler into Singapore’s first winner of the AMF World Cup. 

If Jasmine can be named as the Sportswoman of the Year, then surely the logic must follow that the man behind her achievements should also be strongly considered for the Coach of the Year Award.

What I was most  appalled by though was the revelation that the judging panel had decided way before it convened that Liu should be the winner, and that it had considered giving him the Award even though he was not nominated by the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

Good grief! In that case, I would like to ask: why bother to even have a judging panel? 

Isn’t the word ‘judging’ a sham then, in this case?

In the aftermath of all this farcical nonsense, I think the best solution is to scrap the Awards altogether.

Instead, from now on, it’s probably best to just organise an annual Gala Night to celebrate and commemorate Singapore’s sporting achievements of the past year.

To Churchill and Foo, my deepest condolences.

I feel really sorry for the way you two unwittingly became pawns in such a silly game of  one-upmanship.

Singapore sport is truly all the poorer as a result of this.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan       

Related links:

5 May 2009 – Newsflash: Jasmine Yeong-Nathan is Sportswoman of the Year

20 March 2009 – Right move by the STTA not to nominate Liu for Coach of the Year Award

15 November 2008 – Newsflash: Jasmine is Singapore’s first AMF World Cup champion

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