11th ASEAN Para Games
Against unprecedented odds and the massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over nearly two years leading up to Solo 2022 and with the last edition being the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore’s elite para athletes won a total of 28 medals – seven gold, nine silvers and twelve bronzes – to finish seventh on the overall medal tally, which was topped by hosts Indonesia.
Team Singapore was represented by 36 athletes who competed in nine sports at the Solo Games. They were led by Chef de Mission, Mr Low See Lien, and supported by 51 athlete competition partners, caregivers and team officials.
Nur Syahidah Alim successfully defended her Women’s Compound Open gold from 2015 and 2017. After recording the highest score in the opening qualifying round, she was awarded a bye straight into the quarters and then played won tough matches in the same morning to book her spot in the final.
Syahidah beat her Thai opponent by nine points in the gold medal match.
Muhammad Diroy Noordin lived up to his tag as the favourite in the Men’s Shot Put F40/41 event with a comfortable victory on the second day of the athletics programme. Diroy had won a bronze in the javelin F40/41 a day earlier.
Maisarah Md Hassan took home a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m T36/37, recording a National Record time of 37.23 in the final.
Ang Chee Hiong was Singapore’s lone representative in badminton and was grouped in the Standing L4 event, where he lost both his matches.
He lost his first match against his Indonesian opponent but managed to stretch his Thai counterpart to a third set in his second match.
The eight year wait for a boccia gold medal ended on the final day of the Solo Games with Toh Sze Ning and Aloysius Gan’s victory in the Mixed Pairs BC3.
There were silvers for Sze Ning and Aloysius in their respective Women’s and Men’s BC3 Singles categories.
The remaining medal from boccia came from Jeralyn Tan who won a bronze in the Women’s BC1 Singles.
Edwin Tan flew the Singapore flag in all three chess disciplines of Standard, Rapid and Blitz in Solo.
He departs the Games with the following placings: tenth in Standard, seventh in Rapid and ninth in Blitz.
There was another bit of history made on Friday with Singapore’s silver medal by the women’s team being the first APG medal of any colour in goalball. This was also only the second time the women’s team was playing in the Games.
After a dramatic 4-3 extra time win over Indonesia in the semifinal, Singapore faced Thailand – who were the only team to beat them in the pool stage – in the final where they eventually went down 1-7.
Debutant Lim Shuangchun was the country’s only para powerlifter in Solo. He finished fourth in the 80kg category with his best lift being 100kg.
Singapore’s first gold of the Games was won by Colin Soon in the Men’s 100m breaststroke SB12. Colin added another silver to his own tally in the 100m freestyle S12.
Wong Zhi Wei swam to a silver in the Men’s 100m breaststroke SB13 on the opening morning, later adding golds in the Men’s 100m freestyle S13 and the Men’s breastroke SB12.
Team Singapore flagbearer and Tokyo Paralympian Sophie Soon won one gold and one silver.
It was also a memorable by 14-year-old debutant Janelle Tong who has one silver medal and set new National Records in all her races.
The Singaporean paddlers recovered from a tough start in their respective team event round robin matches to hold their own in the singles events.
Claire Toh won silver in the Women’s TT1-2 and a bronze in the Women’s TT1-3 doubles with partner Christina Lau who was a late addition to the team.
Table tennis also contributed three bronzes to the final tally from Christina (Women’s Singles TT1), Muhammad Dinie (Men’s Singles TT3) and Eric Ting (Men’s Singles TT1-3).