APG2018: Pin Xiu nabs another bronze on ladies’ night for Team Singapore
11 October 2018
He tried his best to crash the party but given two chances to make the evening programme, Wong Zhi Wei could only manage a personal best of 1min 07.09 secs in his men’s 100m butterfly S13 (S11-13) heat, finishing 9th.
In the 100m backstroke S13 (S12-13) heat later in the morning, his 1:17.29 swim was only good enough for 11th.
The 16-year-old Catholic High student simply could not force his way into the evening finals although to his credit, he had swum a total of five events in this meet, shouldering a heavy load in his debut Asian Para Games which he said was something he “needed to get used to”.
Yip Pin Xiu completes a successful outing in Jakarta. Photo: Sport Singapore
And so, on the penultimate night of swimming finals at the 3rd Asian Para Games in Jakarta, it was very much “ladies’ night” for Team Singapore with Sophie Soon Jin Wen, Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh Rui Si in action.
First up was 21-year-old Sophie who recorded a season’s best 1: 19.71 to finish 4th in the 100m butterfly S13 (11-13) event.
Then came the turn of Yip Pin Xiu, who duly scored a third medal of this campaign, winning bronze in the 50m freestyle S4 final with a time of 1:04.68.
Veteran Theresa wrapped up the show, clocking a season’s best 49.29 in the 50m freestyle S5 final and just missing out on a podium.
And Theresa readily admits this has not been a meet to remember as she leaves without a medal.
“This hasn’t been one of the better Games, although my 100m breaststroke time was good,” she said.
“But having an outing like this has allowed me to take a step back to look at the bigger picture. Not meeting my own expectations means I now get the opportunity to assess what’s ahead.”
Yip Pin Xiu stays on track for Tokyo 2020. Photo: Sport Singapore
As for Pin Xiu, this has been a memorable campaign as she finally broke through for her first Asian Para Games medals – a gold and two bronzes – on the third time of trying.
“All three medals are a bonus considering I competing against a higher class,” said Pin Xiu. “I was pretty tired for this last event but I did whatever I could and pushed through.”
Asked if she was hampered by swimming backstroke against her opponents’ freestyle, she said: “Swimming in the S4 class is already itself a disadvantage but I’m here racing against myself and my timing and I try to not let things beyond my control affect me.
“I’m on the right track for Tokyo 2020 and it’s going to be a very intensive run-up to the next Paralympics although the qualification process hasn’t started.”
At 26 and already a senior in the squad, she is also proud of how her younger team-mates have fought hard during this campaign.
“To see the younger ones coming away from this meet with a hatful of personal bests is truly amazing,” she said.
“I reminded them that it’s through setting new PBs that you eventually find your way into the finals and onto the podium.
“I’m proud of the team and thankful for the support staff here with us.”
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