SEA GAMES 2019: Chloe goes one better with gold in Manila
02 December 2019
The last strains of Ave Maria played out as Chloe Ing completed her free skating routine of just over four minutes long. As the audience at the SM Megamall Ice Rink broke into loud applause, the 21-year-old Team Singapore figure skater buried her face into her palms, reflecting on the performance she produced after many hours of hard work and persistent practice.
Even if it was not a flawless routine – she nailed six of her seven jumps, doubling on one of her triples – it was good enough for a runaway 102 points which leapfrogged her into gold medal position.
Ing was second after Friday’s (29 Nov) short program but the early leader, Alisson Perticheto of the host nation, Philippines, could only managed 79.11 for her free skating routine and had to settle for silver.
Chloe Ing produced a near-flawless free skating performance. Photo Credit: SNOC
Having finished second to team-mate Yu Shuran in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, when ice skating its debut into the SEA Games, this time Ing has gone one better. And how she relished the achievement.
“After 2017, I told myself that I want to be able to come back and do an even better performance than last time,” she said.
“When I finished today, it kind of all clicked and I realised I have achieved what I was aiming to achieve coming here.”
Admitting to having a whirlwind of emotions following her win, Ing said: “It’s hard for words to describe what this means to me. I came here not only to skate for myself but also my nation and to be able to bring the gold medal home for Singapore is unbelievable. It means so much and I just wanted to make my country proud of me.”
Alison Chan, President of the Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA), lauded Ing’s achievement.
“We’re super pumped that Chloe has clinched the title for ladies figure skating, winning the second gold for Singapore since ice skating was included into SEA Games in 2017. She has worked really hard and we are so happy that her effort and passion for the sport have paid off,” said Chan who took over the presidency of SISA in September.
A moment of realisation for Chloe Ing following her free skating routine. Photo Credit:SNOC
Asked about her preparations leading into the Games, Ing said it was also about gaining consistency.
“I worked on my program, especially the technical aspect to one-by-one get everything done, and then to also be able to complete the performance aspect of the routine,” she said, adding that the Olympics remain in her plans.
“We came really close to getting to the Olympics the last time and to get there, I will need to continue training and working on new jumps and increasing my technical abilities. Even my skating skill can still be improved.”
Gold for Singapore's Chloe Ing, ahead of Alisson Perticheto (PHI) and Savika Refa Zahira (INA). Photo Credit: SNOC
As for what has changed since her SEA Games debut in 2017, Ing said: “I feel like I have a lot more self-confidence – in myself and my skating abilities.
“I took the experience and learned from it, learning to deal with the different kind of pressure competing at the Games. Overall I feel like a stronger athlete and stronger person.”
Pagiel Sng came fifth in the men's competition. Photo Credit: SNOC
Singapore’s other figure skater at these Games, Pagiel Sng, came fifth in the men’s competition.