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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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Singapore trawl in another four golds from SEA Games swimming

Singapore continued to dominate the SEA Games swimming competition this evening as the Republic grabbed four more golds and set four new meet records on the third night of action in the pool.

Tao Li captured her second and third individual golds and set two new SEA Games marks as she won the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly to add to her earlier win in the 200m backstroke on Thursday.

Her time of 1min 02.96sec in the 100m backstroke smashed her own SEA Games mark of 1:03.83 which she had set at the 2005 Manila Games while her 59.24sec effort  in the butterfly erased Joscelin Yeo’s record of 59.91sec.

Singapore’s Shana Lim  was second in the 100m backstroke.

Lynette Lim also had a night to remember as she avenged her defeat in the 400m freestyle by easily winning the 800m freestyle.

The 17-year-old US-based swimmer had been pipped to the 400m gold by Malaysian rival Khoo Cai Lin yesterday but this evening, Khoo simply had no answer as Lynette powered home in 8:35.41, 10 seconds ahead of her (8:45.36).

Lynette’s time also sliced seven seconds off her national record of 8:42.16 which she had set at the World Championships in Rome in August.

The Singapore quartet of Russell Ong, Joshua Lim, Danny Yeo and Zach Ong then won Singapore’s final gold of the night when they captured the 4x100m freestyle relay gold.

Their winning time of 3:23.22sec was also both a new SEA Games record and a new national record (old record: 3:26.70). The Philippines were second, while Indonesia took the bronze.

Singapore’s four golds tonight means that it has now won 10 golds in swimming. The team had won 11* golds at the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand

( *Note: My thanks to Marrisab for pointing  out that Singapore had won 11, not 14, golds in Korat)

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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