APG2017: 21 Sep highlights
21 September 2017
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Team Singapore swimmers made a big splash in the pool at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre, not only because of the five medals they earned, but also due to the eight personal bests they had set.
Toh Wei Soong won a gold and a silver. Danielle Moi, Wong Zhi Wei and Theresa Goh each picked up a medal of their own.
But the ASEAN Para Games (APG) means so much more than just medals. For some, it’s an opportunity to meet friends. For others, it’s a way to continually push one’s limits and abilities, whether it be in setting new personal bests or in other smaller ways.
Team Singapore swimmer Chew Zi Ling. Photo: Sport Singapore
Bryan Seow, Chew Zi Ling and Nicole Fu didn’t win any medals on Thursday, but they recorded new personal bests and achieved personal milestones worthy of celebration.
Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu did neither, coming in fourth in her women's S5 50m freestyle race, but the result was nonetheless one she was happy with.
The result may seem pedestrian to many. Some may even be disappointed with it. But for Singapore’s golden girl, it was a significant step in her journey to become a better swimmer.
“I’m very pleased with my results today. This is a timing I have not hit since my 100m race in Rio. In the first 50m, I managed to go under a minute and that was the last time I did it,” the 25-year-old said.
“Being able to hit a sub one minute, I was very happy with it and it’s still an achievement because it’s something I’m working towards.”
Nur Syahidah Alim defended her title in the women’s individual compound final after beating Malaysia’s Nor Sa'adah Abdul Wahab 140-132 at KL Sports City.
In what seemed to be a repeat of the 2015 finals, Syahidah defeated her rival for the second consecutive time to win her third APG gold.
“I believe that my past experiences and tough childhood have given me the perseverance and determination to succeed in anything I want to achieve,” she told TODAY.
Nur Syahidah Alim in action during her competition. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Sport Singapore
“I want to do better and I’m very happy with my improvement from the last Games.”
Syahidah is part of the current national squad and is one of the nation’s top archers, and has dreams of representing Singapore in the SEA Games one day.
“My immediate target is the Asian Para Games in 2018 and the Paralympics in 2020, but of course I would like to test myself and compete against all athletes,” she said.
The Paralympian will be teaming up with Robert Fuchs to defend their mixed compound title on Friday.
Singapore’s cyclists kept the medals rolling in on the last day of the APG campaign.
Emily Lee and her pilot Sarah Tan has yet again won another medal for the Republic after clocking 2hours 17min to come in second in the women's 61.5km (5 laps) road race (B) final.
In the men's 24.6km (2 laps) road race (H1-H5) final, Noor Iskandaria Mohd Dena grabbed the bronze with a time of 1hour 13mins 20sec.
This brings their final tally from this year’s Games to 14 medals, consisting of one gold, five silvers and eight bronzes.
Anuar Bin Saaid, Bahkia Bin Hashim and Tan Swang Hee took home a silver in the mixed trios TPB8 + TPB9 + TPB10 final.
They scored 2,119 pinfalls to come in just behind champions Malaysia (2,209).
Tay Wei Ming had to settle for a joint bronze after failing to overcome Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou in the men’s singles semifinals on Thursday.
The 2011 APG gold medallist started off strong, winning the first set 22-20. But the 29-year-old lost the next two sets, eventually losing 1-2 to his Malaysian counterpart.
Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin won his second medal in this year’s APG as he came in second in the men's shot put F40/41 final.
The 25-year-old recorded a distance of 7.55m, losing to the 8.37m thrown by first-placed Tran Van Nguyen of Vietnam.
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