NAYPYIDAW- She had barely slept the night before, weighed down by the pressure of expectation.
But wushu exponent Tan Yan Ni managed to settle her nerves just in time to claim Singapore's first silver medal of the Myanmar SEA Games yesterday, in the changquan.
The Singapore national champion said: "After the first day, we didn't get any medals so I was stressed because the team might have been expecting more from me."
Singaporean wushu representatives had finished fourth in all four of the events they took part in on the first day of competition.
But on the second day of action yesterday, 17-year-old Tan, a Republic Polytechnic student, ended the drought at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.
Said team manager Chan Keng Ngee: "I was really sweating, and the team morale was very low... After she got the silver, I was more relieved."
Tan scored 9.60 to finish second behind Vietnam's Thi Phuong Giang Hoang. Indonesia's Thalia Sosrodjojo was third, while Tan's compatriot Zoe Mui was fourth.
Tan revealed that she had tossed and turned in bed, getting little sleep the night before, but said that the fast-tempo electronic dance music of Avicii helped set her into battle mode right before the competition.