Singapore wakeboarder Sasha Christian fired a warning shot to her potential SEA Games rivals yesterday, winning two medals at the ongoing Asian Beach Games in Phuket.
The 21-year-old posted a new national record en route to winning the women's waterski slalom event. She beat South Korea's Han Ahreum and Indonesia's Ummu Thoyibhatus Sholikah.
She rounded 4.25 buoys on the 13m rope as she eclipsed team-mate Kayla Kee's previous national mark of 3.5 buoys on the same rope length set earlier this year. The latter finished fifth in the same event.
Christian also scored 59.78 points for a bronze in the wakeboarding event, finishing behind China's Han Qiu (74.34) and South Korea's Yun Hee Hyun (67.56). She was the only South-east Asian in the six-strong field.
"I've been working hard to prepare for this competition, in particular the slalom event which I have never won. I'm so happy to have won the gold medal," the Singaporean said. "I'm already looking forward to next season, especially the SEA Games."
Both the slalom and wakeboarding events will be contested at next year's SEA Games.
Singapore Waterski and Wakeboarding Federation head of high performance Paul Fong said Christian has been working hard on the waterski slalom in her bid to win two medals at home next June.
He said: "Slalom hasn't traditionally been her main discipline, and she came up shy at the SEA Games in Palembang when she won a silver.
"She didn't really believe she could do well but today she beat everyone in Asia, so it was a good day in the office."
Singapore have now won two golds and two bronzes at the biennial Games.
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