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Team Singapore's Dinah Chan in action during the Women's Individual Time Trial final (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)


Dinah Chan nearly made history on Saturday afternoon but she missed out on winning the nation's first ever cycling medal at the 17th Asian Games. Chan had made the headlines last year after emphatically winning Gold in the Women’s 30km Individual Time Trial at the SEA Games following an unfortunate road accident, and her performance at the Songdo Road Cycling Track on Saturday was equally impressive.

Chan finished fourth in a field of 10 cyclists, clocking 39:54.17 in the Women's Individual Time Trial. Na Ah-reum of South Korea won the Gold medal with a time of 37:54.43, while Li Wenjuan of China (38:46.26) and Jamie Wong of Hong Kong (38:57.65) took Silver and Bronze respectively.

Despite the near miss, Chan was not disappointed, saying: “I’m actually very satisfied with my performance today. This is my first race since the SEA Games and honestly, I thought I'd get ninth place in today's race. I was also unsure how today’s race would turn out because I have made some changes to my training routine, adding strength and conditioning elements. I just wanted to see where I stood, I just kept smashing the gears and gave more than 100 per cent.”

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Team Singapore's Dinah Chan in action during the Women's Individual Time Trial final (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)


Chan, who had put her fulltime career as a teacher on hold since June 2013 to focus on cycling, added that the decision had paid off, but noted that there is still much to be done.

“If you see the results, my time difference with the third-placed Hong Kong athlete was quite big. The Chinese athlete is a China national champion and the Korean is just too fast! I still have a lot of catching up to do,” she said.

That said, Dinah is optimistic of her chances grabbing a surprise medal, looking ahead to her next competition - the Individual Road Race on Monday, 29 September.

“The road race is going to be a little different from the time trial – it’s going to be a free-for-all battle for the podium. I know that I’m at a disadvantage because I’m cycling solo, so I’ve got to be smart and play my cards right. If I follow the right wheels I might just be able to squeeze onto the podium. Who knows?” she quipped.

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