Singapore's Benson Tan celebrates [Photo by Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters]
Team Singapore’s Benson Tan confirmed his prowess in the region when he claimed two golds and a silver on the second day of APG swimming action at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
The powerful Tan has already made his mark at previous editions of the APG, winning a pair of golds and a silver in 2011 and following that up with two silvers and a gold in Myanmar a year ago.
Tan began the day by retaining his crown in the 100m freestyle S14 with a time of 1 minute 1.74 seconds and he was joined on the podium by compatriot Han Liang Chou who secured a bronze medal with his time of 1:05.95.
Han Liang Chou (L) and Benson Tan (R) celebrate after men's 100m freestyle - S14 [Photo by Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters]
Then Tan totally dominated the 200m freestyle S14 as he set a new games record with a time of 2:14.94, well ahead of second-placed Malaysian Yoong Chung Wei (2:25.43). Once again, Tan had the pleasure of seeing a team-mate also pick up a medal with Han again gaining bronze with a time of 2:28.22.
Swimming team manager Kang Tze Wei said Tan’s victories were just reward for the great effort he has put into preparation for these Games.
“For Benson, it is a good start for him, to get three medals. It is a bonus in some ways and he did a really good job today. Hopefully he can clinch some more medals in the coming races and keep his form.
“He has been working very hard to win some medals. The Team Singapore coaches have been working very closely with him and then focused in on the ASEAN Para Games. He keeps improving, hitting his PBs. But he still has even more room for improvement in the future,” added Kang.
There was even more to come for Tan’s team-mate Han who won the 50m breaststroke (SB14) with a new Games reord time of 35.23 seconds. Han had already won a gold in the 100m breaststroke on Friday. Team Singapore’s Lawrence Tay finished third with a time of 36.26 seconds.
Theresa Goh continued her excellent APG form with a third gold medal in the 50 metres butterfly S5 with a time of 1:03.92.
Wong Meng Ee also collected a bronze in the men’s 100 metres freestyle S12. Grassroot advisor Joan Pereira, together with her residents from Henderson-Dawson where Meng Ee lives, also came to cheer and lend support to him and his team mates.