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SEA Games 2017 29 Aug highlights

29 August 2017
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Waterski and Wakeboard

Singapore’s waterskiers delivered two golds and one silver at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Defending champion Sasha Christian won Singapore’s 50th gold medal in the women’s slalom final with a score of 3.5/55/13 – meaning 3.5 buoys passed while travelling 55km/h on a rope length of 13m.

She beat Malaysia's Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah (2/55/13) and Indonesia's Ummu Sholikah (1.25/55/14.25) to the crown.

On Monday, Sasha had set a new Games record of 1/55/12 during the slalom preliminaries, but was still edge ahead of her weaker event.

“I was very nervous coming into the finals today,” the 24-year-old said. “There was a lot of pressure on my side in terms of comparing slalom skiing and wakeboarding. I’m more confident in my wakeboarding so I can’t tell you how happy I am to have won today.”

“Today I tried to tune out the external factors and just get into my own zone and think of what I needed to do, rather than think of going out to beat someone.”

“I’m really, really happy.”

Mark Leong in action during the men's slalom final. Photo: Samuel Dai / Team Nila 

Mark Leong in action during the men's slalom final. Photo: Samuel Dai/ Team Nila

 

Shortly after Sasha’s gold, Mark Leong defended his title in the men’s slalom final with a score of 3/58/13, finishing ahead of Indonesia’s Indra Hardinata (1.5/58/13) and Malaysia’s Syahir Asyr Nasir (5/58/14.25).

Mark also recorded a new SEA Games record in the preliminaries on Monday with a score of 4/58/12.

“Today I felt really good about my performance, I’m really happy it turned out the way it did. Right before the final, I was a little bit nervous, but it’s natural because it happens in every competition,” the 19-year-old said.

“I was thinking about my preliminary score yesterday because it showed that I could top everyone.”

“It is surreal because my dad told me it’s impressive if you get a gold but more impressive if you can defend it, and that gave me more motivation to put in the constant work over two years.”

Sabelle Kee also grabbed a silver for Singapore in the women’s tricks finals, breaking the national record with a score of 3450.

Sailing

Team Singapore sailed to a bemedalled finish in Langkawi on Tuesday, adding a total of five medals – two golds, one silver and two bronzes – to the Republic’s tally.

Ryan Lo and Jillian Lee clinched a gold medal in the men's dinghy laser standard and women's dinghy laser radial events respectively.

Ryan Lo celebrates with his gold medal. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Team Nila 

Ryan Lo celebrates with his gold medal. Photo: Stefanus Ian/ Team Nila

 

This is Lo’s second gold in this edition, as he won the men’s team racing dinghy laser standard with Bernie Chin and Mark Wong last week.

“I'm very happy, it's very surreal. I can't really say much more, just thankful for all the support that's been given to me. I couldn't have done this without a lot of people,” he said after the race.

In the men's dinghy laser radial, Bernie Chin won the silver.

Max Teo and Radiance Koh each took a bronze in the men’s and women’s U16 single handed optimist.

Pencak Silat

Double world champion Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin won Singapore first silat gold on Tuesday.

Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin celebrates during his match. Photo: Huang Xiaolong / Team Nila  

Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin celebrates during his match. Photo: Huang Xiaolong/ Team Nila 

 

He beat Malaysia’s Khairul Yaacob 5-0 in the men's tanding class J (90-95kg) category to win the title.

“It feels like winning my first world championships. This means a lot to me,” said the 19-year-old.

“It's even sweeter that I'm the first one to win a gold but also feel a bit upset as I really wanted more of my teammates to win golds as well.”

In the night, Nurzuhairah Yazid grabbed Sinigapore’s second gold medal in the artistic women's tunggal (singles) with a score of 463.

On the last day of silat competitions, Muhammad Nur Alfian Bin Juma'en, Muhammad Shakir Bin Juanda and Atiq Syazwan Binte Roslan also each won a silver medal.

Cricket

The Republic won its first ever cricket gold in the SEA Games after Singapore defeated Malaysia by three wickets with one ball remaining in the men’s T20 finals.

Team Singapore scored 118 runs for seven wickets while the home side scored 117 runs for seven wickets.

This is the sport’s first appearance in the SEA Games.

Hockey

In the men’s bronze medal match, Singapore beat Thailand 2-1 to take home the bronze medal.

The men’s team won the silver in the last SEA Games after losing to Malaysia on penalties.

This year, hosts Malaysia thrashed Myanmar 14-0 in the final to retain their title in field hockey.

Cycling

On Monday night, Calvin Sim became the first Singaporean man to win a SEA Games cycling gold in 20 years.

The 27-year-old finished top in the men’s omnium with a score of 140 points while teammate Goh Choon Huat came in fourth with a score of 128.

In the men’s 1km final on Tuesday, Mohamed Elyas finished in 1min 3.929sec to win a bronze.

 

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