Singapore nets 108 medals at SEA Games

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."

Young athletes

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.

 

Top sports

Swimming, Sailing and Table Tennis continue to be among Singapore's top performing sports.

These brought in 20 out of the 34 Gold medals (59 per cent) and contributing to 44 per cent of the total medal tally with their combined 48 medals.

Singapore swimmers took home 11 Gold, nine Silver and 10 Bronze despite taking part in six fewer events compared to the last edition of the Games.

Quah Ting Wen won the most number of medals with two Gold and five Silver.

Joseph Schooling clinched the most number of Gold with five Gold and one Silver on his way to setting a total of four Games records.

Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, Singapore took all four Gold medals available, with youth players Clarence Chew and Isabelle Li in particular, putting up a strong fight against much more experienced players in the Singles events to win Bronze and Silver respectively.

The Singapore Sailing team also topped their previous performance with this year's five Gold, two Silver and five Bronze haul.

Likewise, the men's water polo team showed off their dominance with their 25th consecutive gold medal.

Handing over to Singapore

The 27th edition of the Games will end tonight, with Myanmar to formally turnover the SEA Games Flag to Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Singapore National Olympic Council Executive Committee Member by His Excellency U Tint Hsan, President of the Myanmar Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee.

Singapore also launched the official website (www.seagames2015.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/seagames2015) for the 28th SEA Games today, and will be rolling out other key components like the theme song, mascot and logo starting from February next year.