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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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SEA Games: Singapore wins six golds from swimming, table tennis, wushu, silat and shooting

Singapore swimmer Quah Ting Wen won her fourth and fifth gold medals at the SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos tonight, bringing the Republic’s golden haul in the pool to 12, and saling Singapore’s repuation as the regions top swimming country.

The 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior Colege) student, who had alredy won two relay golds and the 100m freestyle crown, dominated the women’s 200mfreestyle, easily swatting off the challenge of Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin to win in a new Games record time of 2min 00.57sec.

She then combined with Tao Li, Shana Lim and Roanne Ho to win the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

The quartet fought tooth and nail with the Malaysian team of Chui Lai Kwan, Marilyn Neo, Siow Yi Ting and Khoo Cai Lin in the early stages, and even trailed their arch-rivals by a body length at the end of the breaststroke leg.

But Tao Li’s powerful performance in the buterfly leg reasserted Singapore’s lead and gave Singapore a two-bodylength headstart when Ting Wen plunged in for the final freestyle leg.

The swimmer was left to battle the clock and eventually emerged triumphant as she helped to slice off two seconds off the four-month-old national record of 4:12.35 which was set at the World Swimming Championships in Rome in August.

The result means that Singapore has won five of the six relays in the swimming competition so far. The final relay, the men’s 4x100m medley, will be held tomorrow.

Singapore’s paddlers also delivered a gold today as Yang Zi and Wang Yuegu beat Feng Tianwei and Gao Ning 3-2 in the mixed doubles final in an all-Singapore encounter.

But the Singapore Table Tennis Association will not be able to repeat Singapore’s sweep of seven SEA Games gold medals this time as both of their men’s doubles pairings crashed out in the semi-finals to Vietnamese opponents.

Gao Ning and Yang Zi lost 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, while Cai Xioali and Pang Xue Jie lost 6-11, 9-11, 6-11 in the other semi-final.

Singapore also won a gold each in wushu and silat today.

On the first day of the wushu competition, the women’s dulian trio of Koh Poh Chin, Tao Yijun and Tay Yujian won with a total score of 9.46 points, narrowly edging out joint-silver medalists Vietnam and Brunei by just 0.01.

In silat, 2009 Asian Indoor Games champion Rabiatul Adawiyah added the SEA Games crown to her resume when she topped the women’s artistic singles event.

Finally, Singapore’s shooters surpassed their target of four gold medals when they won their fifth of the Games today.

Jasmine Ser claimed that honour when she defeated Thailand’s Majchacheep Sununta in a shoot-off in the women’s 50-metre rifle three positions.  The pair had earier finished the main competition with the same record-breaking score of 677.60. Jasmine then scored 10 in the shoot-off while Majchacheep scored 9.1.

Singapore Sports School student Aqilah Sudhir got the bronze with 675.20.

The funny thing about Jasmine’s achievement was that she didn’t even know that her shoot-off was for the gold. She thought she was battling for the bronze! Which explains the stunned look on her face when she learnt that she had won the gold instead.

In athletics, Amirudin Jamal and Poh Seng Song flew Singapore’s flag in the 100m finals. Amriduin eventually finished fourth in 10.62sec, just 0.01sec slower than bronze medalist Fadlin of Indonesia. Poh was fifth in 10.70sec

The gold went to Indonesia’s Suryo Agung Wibowo in a new SEA Games time of 10.17 seconds.

Triple jumper Stefan Tseng finished fourth in the event after initially leading the pack. But in the end, his best effort of 16.04m was not enough for a podium finish. Thailand’s Theerayut Philakong won with 16.51m while his compatriot Varunyoo Kongnil took the silver with 16.29m. Joebert Delicano of the Philippines was third with 16.12m.

SEA Games debutant Teo Hui Juen finished fifth in the women’s javelin but her 43.29m was a new personal best.

Singapore is currently third in the medal tally with 24 golds. Thailand leads with 29 while Vietnam is second with 25 golds.

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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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