Toh Wei Soong celebrates [Photo by Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters]
Team Singapore athletes at the 8th ASEAN Para Games have set a new ‘collective best’ with their medal tally of 20 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronzes, bettering their previous record of 16 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals.
The previous record was set in 2001 at the first-ever ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.
The moment the new record was set came with Toh Wei Soong clinching the Republic’s 17th gold this morning with a Games record time of 1:21.02 in the men’s 100 metres S8 backstroke.
It was appropriate that it was a swimmer who broke through the 14 year old record, for while Team Singapore’s successes and efforts have been spread across the sports, the pool has been home to the most glory.
An impressive 14 gold medals have been won by Singaporean swimmers at the OCBC Aquatic Arena.
17-year-old Toh Wei Soong now has three gold medals and a silver after a wonderful Monday double win - a time of 0:30.27 secured a second gold of the day, this time in the men’s 50 metres freestyle S8.
Benson Tan added two more with victory in the men’s 100 metres backstroke S14, with a new games record time of 1:12.30.
Then in the evening, the talented Tan, won the men’s 50 metres Freestyle S14 with a time of 0:28.26. In total Tan has won four gold medals and a silver.
Another multiple medal winner in the pool, who was won the hearts of the passionate Team Singapore fans, is Theresa Goh.
On Monday, ‘TG’ triumphed in the women’s 50 metres freestyle S5, with a time of 0:49.41.
Goh has five gold medals so far and will be looking to add more when she competes on Tuesday in the women’s 200 metres individual medley and then women’s 50 metres backstroke.