Yip Pin Xiu secures Singapore’s first swimming slot for Paris 2024 Paralympics after clinching 6th world title

She clinched the gold medal at the Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships Women's 100m backstroke S2 event.

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Published: 3 August 2023, 3:20 PM

Paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu secured Singapore’s first swimming spot for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games after clinching the gold medal at the Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships on Wednesday (Aug 2).

Her victory in the women’s 100m backstroke S2 marks her sixth world title. It is also the third consecutive time she has won in the event category. 

Taking place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre until Aug 6, the Para Swimming World Championships 2023 features 546 para swimmers from 67 nations vying for one of the 270 direct qualification slots for the 2024 Paralympics.

The five-time Paralympic medalist won with a timing of 2:17.78, ahead of Italy’s Angela Procida (2:28.64) and Mexico’s Fabiola Ramirez Martinez (2:31.66). 

“This world title means a lot to me. It’s a reminder that I am not going to sit on my laurels. It’s also amazing that it gives us a shot at the Paralympic Games next year,” said Pin Xiu.

At the 2022 edition in Madeira, Portugal, she also won the 50m backstroke S2 event.

Besides Pin Xiu, three other para swimmers from Singapore – Colin Soon, Sophie Soon, and Toh Wei Soong – are also competing at the 2023 World Championships.

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will be held from Jul 26 to Aug 11.

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