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CGames: Sixth gold medal for Team Singapore

Singapore pair win men's 25m Standard Pistol pairs gold. -myp

Tue, Oct 12, 2010
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ONE is the silent and brooding type. The other is the practical joker of the Singapore national shooting squad.

Together, Gai Bin and Poh Lip Meng created a little slice of history yesterday, when they clinched the sixth gold for Singapore at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in the 25m standard pistol pairs competition.

And, with the two Singapore pairings of Yang Zi/Wang Yuegu and Gao Ning/Feng Tianwei vying for gold in the table-tennis mixed-doubles final late yesterday, Singapore is assured of a seventh gold.

This makes it the Republic's best gold-medal showing at the Games, as Gai and Poh's victory breaks its previous- best, five-gold performance, set in Melbourne in 2006.

The duo scored a total of 1,116 points for the win. India won the silver with Samresh Jung and Chandrashekhar Kumar Chowdhary scoring 1,103 points. England's Michael Gault and Iqbal Ubhi came in third with a total of 1,098 points.

For the stoic-looking Gai, this was his sixth medal of the Games, with a stellar two-gold, two-silver and two-bronze haul.

He said: "I am very happy for both of us, and happy for the team as well. The (competition) standards here are very high. Today, everything we shot just landed at the right spots."

In contrast, it was Poh's first gold in Delhi, to go along with two bronze medals.

The cheery SAF second warrant officer, who can often be seen joking with fellow teammates outside competitions, said after his win: "It was pressurising, but that's what happens at such events and at such competitions. "India has always had a stranglehold on this event. I amglad that, as a team, we broke that streak in favour of Singapore. It feels good to havewonmyfirst gold medal here."


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