She took her last shot and hit the bullseye for 10 points, but Chan Jing Ru did not know then if she had made history in the South-east Asia (SEA) Games women’s recurve (individual) final on Monday.
Her rival, Indonesian archer Titik Kusumawadarni, still had to take her final shot at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Field in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Speaking to The New Paper on Monday, the 23-year-old said: “After I took my last shot, I walked back to my teammates and the Indonesian was about to go.
“It was only halfway through my walk back that I knew because my teammates were celebrating.”
Chan’s 6-4 victory marked the first time in 30 years that a Singapore archer has won gold at the biennial Games. Indonesia’s Ika Yuliana Rochmawati took the bronze.
The last Singapore archer to win was Sam Tan, in the individual women’s 70m and individual overall events when the Republic hosted the Games in 1983.
What made Monday's win even more memorable was that Chan was competing in her first SEA Games, and her first final in a major competition.
The National University of Singapore life sciences undergraduate said: “Even though it was my first final in a competition as big as this, I wasn’t nervous.