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Nanjing Daily: Table Tennis and Badminton off to good start

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Team Singapore got off to a good start in the first day of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), with our table tennis and badminton athletes notching up wins over their opponents. This continued over at Xuanwu Lake with Team Singapore triathlete Denise Chia Su Yin claiming a personal best timing of 01:06.06 in the Triathlon Women’s Final.

Denise Chia

Team Singapore triathlete Denise Chia Su Yin claimed a personal best timing of 01:06.06 in the Triathlon Women’s Final. (Photo by Sport Singapore)

Shuttler Liang Xiaoyu led the way on the court with comfortable win over Tessa Kebelo of Botswana 21-1, 21-3 in the Women’s Singles Group D Round 1 match at Nanjing Sport Institute Gymnasium. 


Team Singapore shuttler Liang Xiaoyu has done well so far, winning both the Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles events. (Photo by Sport Singapore)

Following that impressive win, Liang partnered Serbian Dragoslav Petrovic in the Badminton Mixed Doubles event. The duo met with fierce competition in the Group D Round 1 match against Luis Ramon Esquivel (MEX) and Kristin Kuuba (EST) but managed to eke out a hard fought 21-17, 22-20 win.

Fellow Team Singapore shuttler Bernard Ong also scored a win for Singapore on Day 1 as he teamed up with Thilini Promodika of Sri Lanka for a resounding victory 21-1, 21-17 over Abraham Avittey (GHA) and Gadde Ruthvika (IND) in the Mixed Team Group H tie.

Over at the Wutaishan Gymnasium, Singapore’s paddlers put up a gallant performance with Yin Jing Yuan securing a 3-0 win over Alassani Soudes of Togo in the Men’s Singles event in Group D. Prior to that match, Yin went down 3-1 to Chinese Taipei. 

Yin Jing Yuan

Team Singapore paddler Yin Jing Yuan. (Photo by Singapore Table Tennis Association)

Despite two defeats in the Table Tennis Women’s Singles category, it was a good learning experience for Yee Herng Hwee witha brave showing against Canadian Luo Anqi (6-11, 8-11, 4-11) and Lagsir Sannah (ALG) 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11.

Shooter Teh Xiu Yi advanced to the 10 metre Air Pistol finals after clinching the top spot during qualifications. In the finals, Teh tried her best but eventually only managed a seventh place finish with a score of 96.2

At the pools, Samantha Yeo’s 50 metre Breaststroke swim ended in the semi-finals with a time of 33.07sec and failed to advance to the finals.

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