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27th SEA Games: S'pore table tennis starlets shine

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Isabelle Li and Clarence Chew bag Individual Medals

Isabelle Li added another SEA Games silver medal to her collection, having attained silver at the 2011 SEA Games and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (photo by John Yeong/SSC).

Singapore table tennis starlets Isabelle Li and Clarence Chew have plenty to be delighted about as the 27th SEA Games table tennis competition draws to a close. Having already helped both the men and women’s teams to a gold medal in the team event on Thursday,

Isabelle added a silver medal to her tally while Clarence also took bronze in the men’s individual competition after reaching the semi-finals in his very first SEA Games.

Singapore also snapped up gold medals in both individual categories after Zhan Jian overcame Vietnam’s Tien Dat Le 4-0 in the men’s final while Yu Mengyu came up trumps in the all Singapore women’s final against Isabelle Li.

Isabelle had previously overcome Malaysia’s Lee Wei Beh in the last four to set up the mouth watering final against eventual gold medal winner Mengyu. Despite losing to her more seasoned team mate, Isabelle was positive about her performance at the Games.

“I am satisfied with what I have achieved here,” she said. “Coming into the individual competition, I had to navigate my way past opponents who are much more experienced than me with plenty of Games experience.”

She added, “I have learnt a lot from this Games and hope to do even better in 2015 when the Games come to Singapore.” While having an eye on the 28th SEA Games, her next target is next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Clarence Chew has defied all odds to reach the semi-finals of the men’s individual competition and bagged a bronze in his debut SEA Games (photo by John Yeong/SSC).

All smiles

18 year-old Clarence Chew was all smiles having exceeded all expectations to win a medal in the men’s individual competition. The shy Republic Polytechnic student admitted he was unsure if he would make it past the group stages having been paired against previous medal winners.

“Experiencing the Games time atmosphere here has been great for me, and winning a medal has helped me gain more confidence in myself,” he said.

When asked what he would like to achieve in 2015 when the Games comes to Singapore, he enthused, “I am actually very excited about this. Hopefully with the backing of our home crowd, I can achieve even better results.”

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