APG2018: Team Singapore delivers new record haul from Asian Para Games
13 October 2018
New personal bests, meeting the Tokyo 2020 minimum qualifying standard, and a new record haul of three gold medals, 2 silver and five bronze. That would be the report card presented by Team Singapore Chef de Mission Ali Daud when the team touches down at Changi Airport after a successful campaign at the 3rd Asian Para Games in Jakarta which closed tonight (13 Oct).
Apart from the last day of competition, when cyclist Emily Lee and Sarah Tan finished 4th in the women’s B Kilo race while her male counterparts were also in action, every day of the Games had seen a Singaporean mounting the podium.
Toh Wei Soong. Photo: Sport Singapore
Swimming delivered the lion’s share, with Toh Wei Soong hogging the limelight with two gold medals and narrowly missing a third. Having won the first para medal at the Commonwealth Games in April, his Jakarta performance makes the 20-year-old someone to watch in the lead-up to the Tokyo Paralympics in two years.
His illustrious team-mate Yip Pin Xiu was only too happy to finally win an Asian Para Games medal after drawing blank in the previous two editions. The three-time Paralympic gold medallist won her opening race then added two more bronze medals for good measure. And the World Para Series also took the opportunity to present her with one of their four awards, as Singapore’s para swim darling continues to represent for Asia.
In and around the Gelora Bung Karno, there were plenty of heroics from Team Singapore athletes – Logaraj Raju making his first major finals and Aishah Samad scoring a minimum qualifying standard despite narrowly missing the finals.
As per the Opening Ceremony, para archer Nur Syahidah was the flag bearer as the curtains came down at the 3rd Para Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
Flagbearer Nur Syahidah Alim was edged out of the semi-finals of her individual event but still ended the Games making history by being elected to the new Athletes’ Committee – the only Southeast Asian in the body for now.
Other medals came from cycling, bowling and boccia, with heroics from Emily and Sarah at the Sentul International Circuit, Diane Neo and Rex Tan at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre, and the trio of Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha, Toh Sze Ning and Faye Lim.
This 44-strong contingent, participating in 10 out of the 18 sports, has set a new benchmark for future Games.
At the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium, Asian Paralympic Committee President Majid Rashed declared the Games closed and called upon para athletes to gather in Hangzhou in four years’ time.
And even as the entertainment acts rolled out on to the stage – including Korean girlband AOA – the Team Singapore athletes at the Closing Ceremony must surely leave Jakarta with renewed hope in their hearts than they are getting better and stronger, as their performances have proven.
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