SINGAPORE - Team Singapore achieved many historic firsts at the 27th SEA Games held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
5 SEA Games and 5 national records were broken in the athletes' quest at the biennial event, which ends today.
In total, the Singapore contingent of 309 athletes will take home a total of 108 medals consisting of 34 Gold, 29 Silver and 45 Bronze at the Myanmar Games.
Athletics, Archery, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Rowing, Shooting and Traditional Boat Race are among those that made it to the history books as each sport delivered its first medal in decades.
These include Mok Ying Ren's first ever gold in the Men's Marathon; Chan Jing Ru's first Gold in Archery since 1983; Dinah Chan's first Gold medal in Cycling since 1997; Janine Khoo's first Gold in Equestrian since 1995; Saiyidah Aisyah's first Gold in Rowing since 1997; as well as Nicole Tan's first ever Gold medal in the 25m Women's Pistol event.
The penultimate day of the Games also saw judoka Ho Han Boon fighting his way to Singapore's first Gold in the sport in 24 years.
The Men's Basketball team also broke a medal drought with their first medal since 1979 when they captured the Bronze.
Chef de Mission Ms Annabel Pennefather, who led Team Singapore at the 27th SEA Games, said: "We have seen some impressive results, including a number of pleasant surprises in a broader range of sports which I hope will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
"The Myanmar Games has shown us what Team Singapore is capable of, and it is a useful gauge for our athletes and officials to prepare themselves for future meets including the 28th Singapore will be hosts of in 2015."
More than 50 per cent of the Singapore contingent were young debutants, 141 of whom are below 21 years of age.
Of these, 92 contributed 52 medals to Singapore's medal haul.
They include archer Chan Jing Ru, shooter Nicole Tan, equestrian rider Janine Khoo and Silat exponent Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en, who all achieved Gold medals in their first major Games experience.