10 Singaporean athletes are proving their resilience at the Paralympics. Here are the latest results.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, which takes place from Aug 24 to Sep 5, has about 4,440 athletes across 160 countries.
Ten athletes will represent Team Singapore, across Swimming, Archery, Cycling, Athletics, Equestrian and Powerlifting.
Here are the latest results:
Steve and his sighted pilot, Kee Meng, took part in the track 4km individual pursuit qualifying round on Aug 25, finishing with a time of 4:40.453. This was a personal best timing for them but unfortunately not enough for them to advance to the individual pursuit finals, as they placed ninth of 14 pairs, with only the first four progressing to the finals.
The duo participated in the Men’s B 1km Time Trial qualifying on Aug 28 and achieved another personal best with a timing of 1:10.866. However, they finished eighth among 10 competitors.
At the Men’s B 32km Time Trial on Aug 31, they unfortunately did not finish the race after their bike chain popped.
They were debutants at the Paralympics.
Pin Xiu won Singapore’s first gold medal of the Paralympics at the 100m Backstroke S2 finals on Aug 25, finishing first with a timing of 2:16.61. Earlier on the same day, she had won her heats with a timing of 2:14.46.
It’s the second time she won gold in this event, having done so in the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio. Pin Xiu also thanked Singaporeans for the “overwhelming support” shown to her.
She also successfully defended her crown in the 50m Backstroke S2 finals on Sep 2, after finishing first with a timing of 1:02:04. Earlier in the day, she finished first in the 50m Backstroke S2 heats with a timing of 1:03.61.
It’s the first time a Singaporean athlete has won two gold medals at back-to-back Paralympics.
Sophie competed in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S13 heats on Aug 25, finishing last of 18 swimmers overall and did not qualify for the finals, with a timing of 1:28.61.
She took part in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB12 finals on Sep 1, where she finished fourth out of seven with a timing of 1:29.52, narrowly missing out on a medal.
She is a debutant at the Paralympics.
Diroy took part in the Men’s Shot Put F40 event on Aug 29, finishing eighth of nine competitors. However, he also set a new national record of 9.92m.
This is his second Paralympics, after he placed 9th out of 10 in the Shot Put F40 in the Rio Paralympics.
Syahidah finished seventh out of 24 competitors at the Women’s Individual Compound Open Ranking Round on Aug 27 and advanced into the next round.
At the Women’s Individual Compound Open 1/8 round, she was eliminated after losing to world number seven para archer Sevgi Yorulmaz, 136-140.
This is her second Paralympics, after she placed 7th in the Individual Compound Open in the Rio Paralympics.
Gemma took part in the Individual Grade 1 test alongside Laurentia Tan on Aug 27, scoring 62.750 points. Her results saw her finishing 17th out of 18 riders and she did not advance to the next round.
At the team test to music on Aug 28 with Laurentia and Maximillian Tan, where the trio scored 200.792 points, placing them 14th out of 15 teams.
This is her third Paralympic Games, after competing in the team test to music in London (11th place) and Rio (14th place), the Individual Championship Test Grade 1a in London (13th place) and Rio (24th place) and also, the Individual Freestyle Test Grade 1a in London (12th place).
Laurentia took part in the Individual Grade 1 test alongside Gemma Foo on Aug 27, scoring 73.964 points which saw her finishing fifth among 18 riders. At the finals on Aug 30, she scored 75.060 points and finished fifth among eight riders.
At the team test to music on Aug 28, Laurentia, alongside Gemma Foo and Maximillian Tan, scored 200.792 points and finished 14th out of 15 teams.
This is her fourth Paralympic Games.
On being in Tokyo, Laurentia said: “It’s been amazing to be here in Tokyo. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be here, and I wish it was under better circumstances. However, everyone has been so warm, welcoming and encouraging – I would like to say thank you to Japan for their amazing hospitality and for making my first trip to Japan a memorable one!”
Max scored 61.588 points with his horse, Don’s Day Dream, in the Individual Grade 2 test on Aug 26 to finish 11th out of 12 contestants. His results meant that he will not advance further.
At the team test to music event alongside Laurentia Tan and Gemma Foo, the Singapore team scored 200.792 points and placed 14th out of 15th teams.
This is Max’s third Paralympic Games.
At the up to 45kg Women’s Powerlifting event on Aug 26, Aini came in sixth out of nine athletes, lifting 77kg.
She is a debutant at the Paralympics and the first Singapore Paralympian to compete in powerlifting.
Wei Soong finished seventh in the Men’s 400m Freestyle finals on Aug 29, with a timing of 5:06:39. Earlier in the day, he came in third in his heats with a timing of 5:03.82.
In the Men’s 50m Freestyle S7 Heats on Aug 31, Wei Soong finished eighth out of 13 with a timing of 29.01. In the finals on the same day, he broke the national record for the second time on with a timing of 28.65. However, he finished seventh out of eight swimmers and missed out on a medal.
He will next compete in the Men’s 50m Butterfly S7 Heats on Sep 3.
This is Wei Soong’s first time competing at the Paralympics.
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