Soon siblings win Singapore’s first two golds at the ASEAN Para Games

The elder of the siblings, Sophie, set a new Games record with her timing of 1:28.38.

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Published: 2 August 2022, 2:53 PM

Swimmer siblings Sophie and Colin Soon clinched Singapore’s first two gold medals at the ASEAN Para Games on Aug 1 at Solo, Indonesia. 

Sophie clinched a gold in the women’s SB12 (Vision Impairment) 100M Breaststroke Final while Colin clinched a gold in the men’s SB12 100M Breaststroke Final.

The games commenced last Saturday (Jul 30), involving over 1,200 disabled athletes hailing from 11 Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. 

The elder of the two, 25-year-old Sophie, came out of the women’s Breaststroke Final setting a new Games record of 1:28.38.

Colin clocked a time of 1:13.33 at the men’s final, finishing ahead of Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Hanh. 

Describing how she feels winning alongside her brother, Sophie said: “I really have no words and I’m really so happy that my brother is here with me alongside and achieving such great results with me.”

Another Singapore para-swimmer, Wong Zhi Wei won the silver medal in the SB13 (Vision Impairment) 100M Breaststroke Final. He also achieved a new personal best of 1:15.69.

The ASEAN Para Games will run till Aug 6.

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