ASEAN Para Games: Singapore achieves best-ever gold record

ASEAN Para Games: Singapore achieves best-ever gold record
Theresa Goh snags the gold medal in the 8th Asean Para Games Women's 50m Freestyle S5 (S2-S5) Timed Finals on December 6, 2015.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - With Swimmer Toh Wei Soong's second gold win at at the ASEAN Para Games yesterday (Dec 6), Singapored surged ahead of its 2001 best record of 16 golds.

Toh clocked 1min 21.02sec in the men's 100m backstroke S8 final, ahead of Vietnam's Dang Van Cong (1:24.21) and Thailand's Paibun Wongnonthaphum (1:25.30).

It was the second gold snagged by the 17-year-old, after taking the title for the 100m freestyle S8 on Friday.

Earlier at the at the OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday, fellow swimmmer Theresa Goh helped Team Singapore clinch its 16th gold - in the women's 50m free S5 (S2-S5) event, equalising Singapore's best record at the inaugural games.

Goh, Singapore's most prolific winning-athlete at the ASEAN Para Games, won the women's 50m freestyle S5 (S2-S5) final comfortably in 49.41sec.

The win crowned the Paralympian's total haul of 26 golds in eight editions. Team-mate Yip Pin Xiu came in second in 1min 1.23sec, ahead of Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Den (1:03.45).

Yesterday's athletic events saw Indonesia racing to the top of the medal table with 19 golds, after its runners hauled in nine golds.

Impressive performances by male atheletes Mulyono in T42, Rasyidi in T44 and Setiyo Budihartanto in T47 saw them taking golds in the marquee sprint event after Felipus Kolymau won the men's 400 meters T20 final earlier

Indonesian women sprinters also played their part with Nanda Mei Sholihah winning the 100 metres T45/46/47 and Insan Nurhaida coming in first in the 200 metres T35/36.

Indonesia's medal tally was given a further boost by Yahya's gold in the men's discus F44, Setiyo Budihartanto taking his second gold of the day in the men's triple jump F45/46/47. Team Indonesia bagged its last gold for the day when Timin won the final race - the men's 1500 metres T37.

It was also a glorious day for Malaysia in athletics when sprinter Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi set the track ablaze with two new records, reported The Star.

The 28-year-old Ridzuan clocked 12.01sec in the 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event to slice 0.45 of a second off the old ASEAN Games mark for the gold medal.

Ridzuan's timing also bettered the Para Asian Games record of 12.38sec set by Azlan in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014. It was Ridzuan's second gold at the Games. He also won the 200m T36 on Friday.

Malaysian woman sprinter - 16-year-old Felicia Mikat - bagged her third gold at the Games when she won the 200m T13 in 30.63sec. She had won the 100m T13 on Friday and the 400m T13 on Saturday.

"We have young and experienced athletes in our team this time. It's great to see them breaking barriers here. We hope to do better than last year," the National Sports Council (NSC) paralympic director Mohd Safrushahar Yusof told The Star.

Malaysia's medal record from the Myanmar Games was 50 golds, 49 silvers and 41 bronzes.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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