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Toh clinches Singapore's first Gold at World Para Swimming World Series

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Toh Wei Soong won the first Gold for Team Singapore at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore 

Roared on by family, friends and fans, Toh Wei Soong claimed victory in the Men’s 100m Freestyle. Pitted against swimmers from different classes, Toh swam his race in 1min, 03.60 sec to gain 944 points and beat challengers from Uzbekistan and New Zealand in the multi-class event.

"I managed to contextualise my anxiety and told myself that it's good because it makes me think harder about how I can improve myself and swim the best race I can," said Toh, 20.

Toh Wei Soong wins a Gold in the Mens 100m Freestyle credit Lawrence LohSDSCATeam Singapore's Toh Wei Soong posing with the Gold medal during the victory ceremony. Photo: Lawrence Loh/ SDSCA

"In such a competition, you can't look at your competitors and think that you're going to come in faster than them. What matters is your points, so you have to swim against yourself.”

Toh will compete in the 50m and 400m freestyle events on the second day of competition.

Siblings Sophie and Colin Soon and their team mates Nicole Fu, Jazlene Tan, Lim Kong Boon and Danielle Moi might not be household names yet, but their performances at the OCBC Aquatic Centre might soon change that.

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Sophie Soon in action. Photo: Sport Singapore

On a day where familiar names Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh swam below their usual high standards, the young guns thrilled a vociferous home crowd with a slew a of personal bests. They are not yet challenging for places on the podium but steady improvement in their times bode well for the next generation of para swimmers.