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:
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.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan