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Singapore clinches first gold medals at SEA Games

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Singapore clinches first gold medals at SEA Games

03 June, 2015   SINGSOC

Singapore's Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan (L) in action. The created an upset when the duo beat Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 4-3. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters
Singapore's Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan (L) in action. The created an upset when the duo beat Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 4-3. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

Singapore swept the first two gold medals at the SEA Games on Tuesday, winning the men's and women's table tennis doubles titles.

Zhou Yihan and Lin Ye shared the honour of delivering the first gold medal to the host-nation when they upset their compatriots Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu in a thrilling final of the women's competition.

Then Gao Ning and Li Hu made it a double celebration for the home team when they won the men's final, beating Thailand's Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Chanakarn Udomsilp, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

“We feel very honoured to be able to clinch the first gold medal for Singapore and we are very excited," Lin told reporters.

Zhou and Lin are two of Singapore's rising stars but were not expected to beat their more experienced team mates, Yu and Feng, the latter a triple Olympic medallist. Zhou and Lin came from two games down to win their semi-final against Nanthana Komwong and Suthasini Sawettabut of Thailand in seven games, while Feng and Yu won their semi-final 4-0.

The all-Singaporean final turned out to be another classic with Zhou and Lin showing no signs of fatigue from their earlier match as they won another seven-game thriller, triumphing 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7.

Singapore's Gao Ning and Li Hu (L) in action. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters
Singapore's Gao Ning and Li Hu (L) in action. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

The men's final was a one-side affair, with Gao and Li too strong for their Thai opponents, cruising to a 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 11-4 victory.

In addition to the two gold medals for the winners and the silver for Yu and Feng, Singapore also collected a bronze in the men's doubles through Clarence Chew and Chen Feng, taking the hosts to the top of the table with four medals.

Thailand won two medals, a silver and a bronze, while Vietnam and Malaysia each won a bronze. Tran Tuan Quynh and Nguyen Anh Tu earned a bronze for Vietnam in the men's event while Ho Ying and Lee Rou You got on the podium for Malaysia.

The Malaysia team celebrates after drawing their match. Malaysia held Singapore to a 35-35 draw. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters
The Malaysia team celebrates after drawing their match. Malaysia held Singapore to a 35-35 draw. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

In netball, Singapore and Malaysia drew 35-35 at the OCBC Arena, maintaining both team's unbeaten start to the competition and setting the stage for a possible re-match in the final.

Thailand racked up their second win, beating Brunei 45-40, while Myanmar posted their first victory, defeating the Philippines 56-31.

In news off the pitch, Malaysian footballer Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor was handed a six-match ban for spitting at an East Timor opponent, ending his SEA Games tournament.

For more highlights from today's match, check out our daily photo gallery here.

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