Nanjing Daily: Record breaking performances at 2014 Youth Olympic Games
27 August, 2014
Our Team Singapore athletes have performed beyond expectations in Youth Olympic Games as they broke new grounds winning their first two Gold medals in the individual sailing events. The Team Singapore shooters also brought home two Silver medals courtesy of Martina Lindsay Veloso and Teh Xiu Yi.
Sailors Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom bagged top honours in the One Person Dinghy Men’s and Women’s (Byte CII) category respectively despite having to manoeuvre harsh conditions at the Jinniu Lake.
Team Singapore sailors (from left to right) Ynez Lim, Samantha Yom, Coach Fernando Alegre and Bernie Chin. (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)
“They have worked very hard over the past year. I am happy that they are able to perform to the best of their potential especially since it is lake sailing, which is pretty tough,” remarked their coach Fernando Alegre.
“For Bernie, he came from behind and made a great comeback. I am sure we can look forward to more titles in the future.”
Martina won the first medal for Singapore at the 2014 YOG with a second place finish in the Women's 10m Air Rifle. Her feat was followed by Teh who clinched the Republic’s second medal in the Shooting 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team event.
Team Singapore shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso (first from left). (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)
Teh teamed up with Mohamed Ahmed from Egypt and the duo put up a brave fight but lost 5-10 to Vladimir Svechbikov (UZB) and Lidia Nencheva (BUL) in the finals.
Singapore’s sole diving representative Jonathan Chan had a decent showing at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as he made it through to the finals of the Men’s 10m Platform held at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Natatorium.
Team Singapore diver Jonathan Chan. (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)
Despite nursing an injury, Chan managed a score of 384.80 in the semi-finals to secure a spot in the finals, where he received a score of 412.40 to finish in 10th position out of 11th competitors.
“The experience has been good, with all the moves and mixing around with participants from different countries. It is an experience which I won’t forget for the rest of my life,” said Chan
“Taking into account the circumstances, this is the best that I had done. I am satisfied with my performance.”
Chan still has an event to go in the Games as he will be partnering Krasnoshlyk Ganna (UKR) in the Mixed International Team 10m Platform finals.
Our young triathletes also put up a decent showing in Nanjing with a couple of them achieving their personal bests (PB) during the Games. Denise Chua clocked a personal best of 01:06:06 in the Women’s Finals while Bryce Chong finished with a personal best of 59:53 in the Men’s Finals.
Team Singapore gymnast Nadine Joy Nathan put on a solid performance in the qualifiers to secure a coveted spot in the Women’s Individual All-Around Finals and achieved a personal best overall score.
Do stay tune to #OurTeamSG facebook page for the finals updates of the Games.