Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — Jovin Tan Wei Qiang, 28, and Yap Qian Yin, 24, won Singapore’s first gold medal at the 2nd Asian Para Games.
The duo won the final Race 9 to come in first overall for the Hansa303 Double Handed event. The pair, who only started sailing together in December last year, had won seven out of a total of nine races to be crowned the champions.
Aaron Per, 17 and Ng Xiu Zhen, 30, who were the other pair of Team Singapore para-sailors, came in fourth place overall in the same race.
Swimmer Theresa Goh earned Singapore’s first silver medal in the women’s 50m freestyle final with a time of 46.80 seconds. Goh also won two bronze medals in the women’s 100m freestyle S5 and 100m breaststroke SB4 finals.
Bowlers Tay Leong Hock and Anuar Bin Saaid contributed a bronze medal in the men’s doubles TPB8+TPB8 event. Singapore’s fourth bronze medal came from the trio of Anuar Bin Saaid, 53, Robert Ong, 62 and Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain, 31, in the men’s team TPB8+TPB2/3+TPB2/3 event with a total score of 1881 pins.
Singapore’s medal tally at the Games now stands at one gold, one silver and four bronze. Singapore has sent its biggest contingent to the Games this year, with 53 athletes competing in 11 sports – athletics, badminton, boccia, football seven-a-side, hand-cycling, lawn bowls, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis and tenpin bowling.
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