Great expectations

Great expectations
Singapore sailor Darren Choy (right) and his coach, Mark Plummer (left) before the start of the final race of the Boys' Byte CII One Person Dinghy.

One's a multi-time SEA Games champion, one's battling an injury as she seeks to redeem herself, while the third is just eager to make an impression.

But swimmer Amanda Lim, shooter Aqilah Sudhir and sailor Darren Choy all have one common foe at the SEA Games in Myanmar next month - the weight of expectation on their shoulders.

At the sidelines of a send-off ceremony for the Singapore Sports School's student-athletes and alumni bound for Myanmar, the trio spoke about their preparations for the biennial event.

Having won seven gold medals in the last two editions of the SEA Games, many will be expecting Amanda to add to her tally next month.

The 20-year-old, who holds the national and SEA Games records in the 50m freestyle, acknowledges the pressure.

"It's my fourth SEA Games and I've won golds before, so naturally people will expect me to win again this year," she said.

"For me, though, I just try to beat myself. I focus on that, so I don't think so much about the pressure and also as a way to motivate myself to train harder and keep my record and my gold (in the 50m freestyle)."

Shooter Aqilah, meanwhile, wants to prove herself after failing to finish among the medals in Palembang in 2011.

The 22-year-old certainly has the ability - she won the 50m rifle three positions at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - but is nursing an injury to her left wrist.

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