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Glasgow Daily: Joseph Schooling smashes national record in 50m butterfly event

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Joseph Schooling (middle lane) in action during the 50m butterfly event. (Photo by Ministry of Communications and Information) 

About 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will be competing in Glasgow, Scotland, during the Commonwealth Games 2014. 

The Commonwealth Games is the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympics and the Asian Games. The 2014 edition in Scotland will be one of the largest Commonwealth Games staged to date. Our Team Singapore athletes have been training hard for this event and will be pitting themselves against some of the very best that the Commonwealth nations have to offer. 

The 105-strong Singapore contingent, consisting of 70 athletes and 35 officials, kicked off their Commonwealth Games adventure on the morning of 24 June (Glasgow time). Here’s a quick roundup of how they fared on the first day of the competition.

Table Tennis 

Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping (back row, first from left), Minister Lawrence Wong (back row, second from left), Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (back row, third from left), Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah (back row, fourth from left), table tennis officials and Team Singapore's table tennis women’s team posing for a group picture. (Photo by Commonwealth Games Singapore) 

At the Scotstoun Sports Campus, our table tennis teams are the favourites at these Games and they did not disappoint. The women’s team (Yu Mengyu, Isabelle Li and Lin Ye) brushed aside Sri Lanka (3-0) in their qualification round one and Northern Ireland (3-0) in the qualification round two. They have received a bye and have completed their qualification round. Singapore’s top seed, Feng Tianwei, was rested for these two matches. Good news followed from the men’s camp (Gao Ning, Zhan Jian and Li Hu) as they beat Ghana (3-0) and Sri Lanka (3-0) in their qualification rounds one and two respectively. They will have to play one more round of qualification against Seychelles.


Over at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, much was expected of Joseph Schooling to deliver on the big stage. He lived up to expectations to put in a timing of 23.48 seconds in the 50m Butterfly Semifinals, finishing 5th and advancing to the finals. This was slightly under the new national record of 23.43 seconds which he set in the qualifiers that same morning. The women’s 4 x 100m team, consisting of Marina Chan, Lynette Lim, Quah Ting Wen and Amanda Lim, also made it to the finals but only managed to finish 7th with a time of 3:49:69. 

Gymnastics (Rhythmic)


Team Singapore gymnast Daphne Chia in action during the clubs routine. (Photo by Ministry of Communications and Information)

Gymnastics was up at The Hydro, where our Team Singapore gymnasts were battling in the Individual All-Around events. Tong Kah Mun finished 19th out of a field of 32 competitors with a score of 46.650. She will be advancing to the finals. While her compatriots Daphne Theresa Chia and Phaan Yi Lin came in 24th and 28th with a score of 42.675 and 37.100 respectively. The rhythmic team came in 8th overall with a combined score of 108.825.



Last but certainly not least, Team Singapore’s mixed team made a winning start by beating Jamaica 5-0 at the Emirates Arena. They will play South Africa next.

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