30 August 2017
Lee Yaocheng/ Reuters Plus
Singapore recorded their best ever away performance at the 29th SEA Games with a final tally of 57 golds, 58 silvers and 73 bronzes.
This broke the previous record set in the 2007 SEA Games in Korat.
It is now the second-best medal haul from a SEA Games, behind the 2015 SEA Games on home soil.
The Republic finished fourth overall on the medal table, while hosts Malaysia topped the table with 145 golds, 92 silvers and 86 bronzes.
During this 12-day competition, regional records were broken and personal breakthroughs were made.
Singapore sprint queen Shanti Pereira set a new national record in the 100m dash. The youngest of the Quah siblings, Jing Wen, made a big splash in the pool, winning gold medals and breaking Tao Li’s national record in the 200m butterfly.
SEA Games debutants also saw much success in this edition. Jillian Lee clinched gold in the women's dinghy laser radial, 16-year-old Amita Berthier claimed the individual foil title, and Teong Tzen Wei proved himself to be Southeast Asia’s fastest swimmer after winning the men’s 50m freestyle.
Team Singapore also brought home historic first medals when Yu Shuran won a gold in figure skating and the men’s cricket team delivered a gold in the T20 event.
Milan Kwee, the chef de mission for Team Singapore, was proud of Team Singapore achievements and gave them an A-minus grade for their performance.
“It has been a brilliant display by Team Singapore in Kuala Lumpur with debutants punching above their weights, seasoned athletes delivering as expected and surprises in bowling, golf and cycling which gave everyone something to delight in,” he said.
“A best away medal haul and the second-best ever performance by Team Singapore at the SEA Games – this is one performance Singaporeans can be proud of.”
“While the team did well, there were also improvements to be made and so we feel an A-minus grade is befitting. We hope their results at the 29th SEA Games will be an indication of bigger things to come.”
On Tuesday night, Singapore won their first gold medal in the men’s squash team event in 22 years.
Samuel Kang in action during the men's team final match. Photo: Cheah Cheng Poh/ Team Nila
The quartet of Vivian Rhamanan, Samuel Kang, Benedict Chan and Pang Ka Hoe beat Philippines 2-1 at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre.
Debutant Pang won the first round against Reymark Begornia, but the second round went to Philippines when Chan lost to Robert Andrew Garcia.
At 1-1, it was all up to Samuel Kang in the title decider, and the 26-year-old duly delivered.
He emerged victorious against David William Pelino 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 to bring home the gold for Singapore.
“It’s massive,” said Kang after the match.
“It’s one-all and you are playing the decider for the gold medal (so) there were nerves, but I tried to visualise this morning and last night… every possible scenario, so that helped me calm down a little bit.”
“I’ve played this guy before, I’ve been working very hard and I’m confident in my abilities. I knew I had to stay strong as everyone is going to give their best in the final (but) with the crowd behind me, I managed to push on and get the win.”
The women’s team also made it to the finals, but had to settle for a silver after losing 1-2 to defending champions Malaysia.
On the last day of the 2017 SEA Games, Singapore’s speed-skaters continued to pursue medal glory, grabbing four silver medals for the Republic.
Cheyenne Goh in action during her speed skating event. Photo: Knight Ong/ Team Nila
Lucas Ng and Cheyenne Goh came in second place in the men’s and women’s short track 1000m final with times of 1min 55.185sec and 1min 48.907sec respectively.
Team Singapore speed-skaters later won another two silvers in the men’s and women’s 3000m team relays.
The men’s team of Lucas Ng, Miki Chong, Chua Qi En, Lim Chia Yeh, Lim Jun Hao finished with a timing of 4min 37.113sec while the women’s team of Cheyenne Goh, Victoria Chin, Suvian Chua, Danielle Han, Deanna See clocked 5min 18.122sec.
“We had expected more, but the action and the races were very intense these past two days… There were surprises and upsets, but I think all the skaters gave everything they got,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.
“So I’m happy… We’re going to build on this momentum and hopefully the sport will grow even more.”
“We have a lot of young developmental skaters, who we’ll hopefully see at the next edition.”
In the women's synchronised 10m platform, Freida Lim and Myra Lee scored 256.71 earn silver.
Joshua Chong and Jonathan Chan in action during the men’s synchronised 10m platform. Photo: Calvin Teoh/ Team Nila
Meanwhile, Joshua Chong and Jonathan Chan added a bronze medal with a score of 340.50 in the men’s synchronised 10m platform.