SEA Games: Doctor helps deliver 25th gold

SEA Games: Doctor helps deliver 25th gold


He had a robe on, but Singapore water polo goalkeeper Nigel Tay was shaking uncontrollably.

It was not because the 25-year-old was cold.

He was actually in shock, having played more than half of his team's 8-5 win over closest rivals Indonesia with a pulled groin muscle Monday at the Zayar Thiri Swimming Complex.

When asked why he pushed himself so hard, Tay, a doctor at Changi General Hospital, said, with lips quivering: "I had to."

A doctor would surely not have advised it, but he knew how important the match was.

With Monday's win, a record 25th successive SEA Games gold for the men's water polo team was secured.

After three wins, today's match against hosts Myanmar - who were thumped 30-1 by Indonesia on Saturday - will be nothing more than a formality.

Tay was the hero Monday.

He made five stunning saves in the first half and continued his dominant form in the final quarter by making two point-blank saves to stamp his authority on the match.

The team had Lady Luck to thank, too, as the Indonesians were denied by the frame of the goal six times during the game.

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