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Martina Lindsay Veloso has won the first medal for Singapore at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing by coming in second in the Shooting Women's 10m Air Rifle.

Martina with Gold medallist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland and Bronze medallist Julia Budde of Germany. (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)

Singapore won its first medal at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games with Team Singapore shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso taking second place in the 10m Air Rifle Final.

While Martina had qualified for the final with ease by finishing 4th out of the 20 participants earlier, she had to dig deep after shooting poorly at the start of the finals.

However the hot-shot kept her cool and heeded her coach’s advice to finish in second place with a score of 207.2, behind eventual winner Sarah Homung’s score of 207.8. Germany’s Julia Budde was in third with 186.3 points.

“As my coach said, one shot one kill, so I had to give my 100% for every shot and I made sure I did that,” Martina shared.

Martina’s compatriot Teh Xiu Yi too enjoyed moderate success, after making it to the 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Quarter-Finals. Teh teamed up with Egypt’s Mohamed Ahmed to see off Denmark’s Van Elzeingen Christina and Australia’s Summerell Christopher with a score of 10 to 5.

In swimming, Nur Marina Chan and Samantha Yeo raised hopes of a medal in the discipline after qualifying for the semi-finals in their respective events.

Yeo missed out after posting a time of 1 minute 11.46 seconds in the breaststroke semi-finals despite bettering her heats’ timing of 1:11.98. Chan came in 12th with a timing of 27.59 seconds in the 50m butterfly semi-final, missing out on the finals. She also took part in the 200m freestyle heats where she swam to a time of 2 minutes and 6.63 seconds.

Their compatriot Darren Lim swam in the 50m freestyle heats but his timing of 23.71 seconds was not able to carry him to the semi-finals despite a 20th place finish out of 52 swimmers.

Dylan Koo similarly did not manage to advance to a semi-final after taking 26.22 seconds to complete his 50m butterfly heats.

In badminton, Bernard Ong failed to overcome Shi Yuqi in round three of the men’s singles group stages after he conceded in consecutive sets (9-21, 11-21). In the mixed doubles group play offs, Ong combined with Hendahewa Promodika of Sri Lanka to beat Uganda's Sebunnya Daniel Mahigo and France’s Courtois Lole in straight games (21-6, 21-12).


Liang Xiaoyu defeated her opponent from Turkey in the Women's Singles event. (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)

Over in the Women’s Singles event, Liang Xiaoyu fended off Demirbag Aliye of Turkey in straight games (21-6, 21-10). However, Liang was not so lucky in the mixed doubles, as she and Serbian teammate Dragoslav Petrovic lost the important third set to Vietnam’s Pham Cao Cuong and Turkey’s Demirbag Aliye (19-21, 21-14, 15-21).

In table tennis, Yin Jing Yuan’s journey in the men’s singles consolation semi-finals ended in a narrow 2-3 defeat to Sweden’s Elias Ranefur after beating Belgium’s Allegro Martin in the semi-finals.

Yin had taken the first game 11-7, before losing the next 7-11. While the Singaporean managed to recover to take the third game 15-13, he was unable to muster the strength needed to beat Ranefur and lost the last two sets (7-11, 4-11).

Yin suffered more agony in the mixed doubles, as he and teammate Yee Herng Hwee suffered a blowout against Europe’s Chen Diogo and Diaconu Adina in the first round of the group stages.

Bernie Chin

Singapore's Bernie Chin posted several top-five finishes in race three to seven. (Photo by Singapore National Olympic Council)

Over in sailing, Team Singapoer sailors managed to maintain their poise to secure a medal finish, with good results. Bernie Chin posted several top-five finishes in race three to seven to overcome a difficult start to his one-person dinghy race. He is now poised for a number one place in the overall fleet.

Fellow sailor Samantha Yom was equally impressive, as she posted consistent finishes in the women’s one-person dinghy race. With three races to go till the final, Yom sits in second place.

Windsurfer Ynez Lim took to the sea to come in seventh and sixth in race five and six respectively to stand a good chance of getting a podium finish, as she sits in eighth place out of the overall fleet.

In athletics, 100m hurdle runner Nur Izlyn Zaini was unable to match her personal best (14.34 seconds) witha time of 14.58 seconds. She will now have to contend for a place in Finals C.

Over in gymnastics, Team Singapore gymnast Nadine Joy Nathan managed to progress into the individual all-around finals taking 18th place overall with a score of 46.300.

Continue to cheer on our Team Singapore athletes as they proceed to day 5 of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games!

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