Solo, Indonesia, 18 December 2011 – Singapore added 3 gold medals to their haul with another new record set in the pool today.
Swimmer Benson Tan swept up his second gold medal in as many days with a new Games record of 30.82 seconds in his S-14, 50 metre butterfly event.
He now has two Games records to his name when yesterday he set a new time for the ID, 50 metre event.
Fellow swimmer and Paralympian Theresa Goh also bagged her second gold medal after snatching top spot in her S-5, 100 meter freestyle event in 1min:42.84 seconds. Singapore also claimed a bronze medal in the same event as Yip Pin Xiu clocked 2 mins:11.33 seconds to finish third. The Paralympics Gold medalist participated in the event after being upgraded to the S-5 class due to a lack of entrants in her original S-3 class.
Still in the pool, Stanley Lim clocked 3mins:41.66 seconds to finish sixth in his S-5, 100 meter freestyle event, while Bryan James returned a fifth finishing in 41.14 seconds in the S-5, 50 meter butterfly.
Our bowlers too were not to be denied of the limelight. Thomas Yong and Mohamed Ismail B. Hussain took top spot to win the gold in their TPB1+2/3Doubles competition with 1567 pin falls at the Bengawan Sport Complex for Bowling.
Mohammad Taufik Bin Ahmadini and Goh Chen Keok paired up to compete in the TPB8 + B8/B9/B10 doubles competiton. The duo of Anuar Bin Saaid and Tan Swang Hee also took part in the same event. At the time of this report both pairs are still playing against two other Malaysian duos.
At the Manahan stadium, T-52, 200 meter athlete Eric Ting took second spot in a time of in 44.58 seconds. However, he was not awarded a medal as he didn't manage to break the Games record. Norsilawati Bte Sa'at also took part in the T-52, 200 meter race and finished in 62.46 seconds. In the T-53, 200 meters, Jack Lai emerged fourth in 35.17 seconds.
Siva kumar s/o B.Silvermoney and Mhd. Syaiful Bin Rahmat both ran the T-20, 800 meters race and finished sixth and seventh positions. Siva clocked 2mins:39.71 seconds while Syaiful finished in 2mins:47.37 seconds.
Singapore shuttler Tay Wei Ming continued his impressive run in the BMSTU4 men's singles quarter final stages at the Sritex Arena. He played Narin Chort in a pulsating game, eventually overcoming the Thai 17-21, 21-7, 21-17 to progress to the semis. With a place in the finals as his main motivation, Tay cruised past Vietnamese Nguyen Van Tai 21-12, 21-19 to seal a place in the finals.
Tay also saw doubles action with partner Kelvin Pung in the BMSTU4 men's doubles and the duo booked their place in the finals after coming back from behind to beat Thai pair Montree Changsom and Narin chort 16-21,21-12 and 21-15. Both Tay and Pung will now pit their skills in two finals for Singapore tomorrow against a common country, Vietnam.
In table-tennis Dr. William Tan and Eugene Soh were both competing in the Class 4 and 5 men's team competition at the Diamond Convention Center. They faced a Malaysian pair in both singles and doubles matches. Tan and Soh managed to secure a win in their doubles match but unfortunately went down in both their singles matches. Overall they lost 3-1 to Malaysia.
Luck, unfortunately was not on our side as our paddlers also went down 3-nil to a Thai pair in the same group. They will both play their remaining group games tomorrow to progress to the next round.
Team Singapore secured 3 Gold, 0 Silver and 1 Bronze today.
Team Singapore is in seventh place in the overall medal tally with 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 7 Bronze.*