APG2017 20 Sep highlights
20 September 2017
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Emily Lee already had three medals to her name having won two silvers and one bronze earlier in the Games, but the 47-year-old showed no signs of stopping as she continued her pursuit for a gold.
On Wednesday, her efforts duly paid off as she won Singapore’s first-ever cycling gold in the women's 12.3km individual time trial.
Team Singapore cyclists Emily Lee and Sarah Tan. Photo: Suki Singh / Sport Singapore
Together with her sighted pilot Sarah Tan, Emily raced to the gold in a time of 19min 9.23sec, finishing ahead of Malaysia's Nur Azlia Syafinaz and Noraidillina Adilla (19min 24.54sec) and Singapore's Delia Kang and Jeynelle Lee (19min 45.77sec).
“I feel happy today because I wanted to win a gold for Singapore and hear our national anthem play at the victory ceremony,” she said.
Singapore also claimed the bronze in the same race as Delia Kang and pilot Jeynelle Lee came in third with a time of 19min 45.768sec.
The medal haul did not end there, however. Team Singapore cyclists continued to do the country proud as they added another two silvers and two bronzes to their already impressive tally.
Emily’s husband Jessen Ng and his pilot Calvin Sim won the silver in the men's 24.6km individual time trial clocking 34min 34.83sec, just behind Malaysia's Khairul Hazwan Wahab and Nur Misbah Rauf (33min 13.88sec).
Compatriots Tee Wee Leong and Ang Kee Meng took the bronze in the same event.
In the men's 12.3km individual time trial (H1-H5), Naren Lee Sankar won another silver medal with a time of 28min 43.059sec.
With their tally standing at 12 medals, Singapore's chef de mission Shirley Low was proud of the cyclists’ efforts.
She said: “It has been an excellent debut for Singapore's para cycling team. It is an encouraging outcome for the sport and I expect that there will be more interest and participation in para-cycling from people with disabilities.”
While most swimmers begin to decline in their late twenties, Singapore’s most bemedalled APG athlete Theresa Goh demonstrated on Wednesday that she was still at the top of her game even at the age of 30.
The Paralympic bronze medallist won her first gold in this year’s APG as she defended her title in the SB4 100m breaststroke event.
Despite feeling unwell, Theresa showed no signs of weakness in the pool. Photo: Sport Singapore
The veteran swimmer dominated from start to finish and touched home in 2min 4.16sec, well ahead of Vietnam’s Danh Thi My Thanh (2min 28.24sec) and Thailand’s Nopparat Tanbut (2min 44.89sec).
“It’s always good to win a gold. It’s my 30th gold of my whole ASEAN Para Games career, so that’s the cherry on top,” she said.
“I'm always kind of nervous every time before my race, no matter what the previous Games were like.”
“But I tried to focus on my race, my whole process and my own swim. I tried not to worry about the other swimmers because I can’t control what they do or how fast they go so I was just focusing on my own race.”
Team Singapore bowler Muhammad Farhan Ismail won the Republic’s second bowling gold after finishing top in the men's singles TPB4 final.
Farhan knocked down a total of 1,270 pins, pipping Malaysia’s Syed Umar (1,207) to the title.
“I’m proud to win a gold medal in Kuala Lumpur this year. I made my family proud and my coach proud so this is the time to build the future,” he said.
Fellow countryman Nixon Fan grabbed the bronze medal with a score of 1,185.
Mohamad Rausyan, who won the title for Singapore on home soil two years ago, missed out on a podium finish with a score of 1,166 pinfalls.
The bowlers’ grueling training paid off as they earned another two more bronze medals at Sunway Mega Lanes on Wednesday.
In the women's singles TPB4 final, Diana Neo came in third with a score of 863 pinfalls, while Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain and Thomas Chan also claimed bronze in the mixed doubles TPB1 + TPB3 final.
The quartet of Jason Chee, Darren Chua, Tan Beng Leong and Aaron Yeo clinched the bronze in the men's team class T1-3 event.
The paddlers beat Thailand 3-0 on Wednesday to finish third in the competition, which was played in a round robin format.
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