Clean sweep for Team Singapore's paddlers

Clean sweep for Team Singapore's paddlers

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - Zhan Jian and Yu Meng Yu both clinched Gold medals in the men's and women's individual competitions for table tennis on Saturday, completing a clean sweep for Team Singapore's paddlers at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar.

Isabelle Li also took Silver for the women's individual competition, while Clarence Chew bagged a Bronze for the men to take the table tennis team's tally to 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 bronze at the Games. Both men and women teams had earlier won Gold in the team competition which ended on Thursday.

A delighted Zhan Jian told journalists following his winning performance that victory was not easy but that his confidence grew as the competition wore on.

"I made a shaky start to the Games, and although I won, there were matches where I made things difficult for myself. I am happy with my performance in the end, the level of competition at the SEA Games is a good one and I am happy with the result," he said.

Zhan Jian was also effusive in his praise of his 18 year-old team mate Clarence Chew, who did well to claim a Bronze in the men's individual competition.

"He is still very young, and this is his first Games. I think he has already exceeded expectations by winning a medal. It will do his confidence a world of good," he said.

Youth Olympic Games and SEA Games 2011 Silver medallist Isabelle Li was also satisfied with her performance. "I am happy with how things went, it was a real team effort. For the individual competition, I had to play against many players who are more seasoned than I am, with more Games experience than I have," she quipped. "To be able to make it an all Singapore final and play against Meng Yu was great for Singapore."

 

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