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After a hugely successful campaign in the recent SEA Games, Team Singapore is back in action once again in the 9th ASEAN Para Games (APG), kickstarting the biennial competition by bringing home one silver and four bronzes.
A record of 16 sports will be featured in this year’s APG in Kuala Lumpur, with Singapore competing in 11 of them.
Team Singapore contingent during the 2017 ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Sport Singapore
Team Singapore is fielding 90 athletes, our biggest ever away contingent, with 21 athletes making their debuts in this year’s Games.
During the last APG on home soil, Singapore bagged a total of 63 medals, consisting of 24 golds, 17 silvers and 22 bronzes, and Singapore’s athletes are raring to better this record in Malaysia.
“All of them have overcome tremendous odds to achieve sporting excellence and don national colours. They have gotten this far due to their strength, grit and determination,” said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu on her Facebook page.
“I’m confident that they will do well, and I’m looking forward to joining them in KL soon. Let’s continue to rally behind our athletes as they fly our flag high at the Games.”
Tan Hun Boon gifted himself a special birthday present on Sunday as he won the Singapore’s first medal in the competition after finishing third in the men’s kilometre (C1, C2, C3) finals.
Team Singapore cyclist Tan Hun Boon in action during his event. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Sport Singapore
He clocked 1min 48.672sec, coming in behind Malaysia’s Adi Raimie Amizazahan (1min 17.232sec) and Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin (1min 18.735sec).
“It feels fantastic. It shows the potential of the sport to grow in Singapore. It’s my birthday, so it makes (the achievement) a bit more special,” he said.
The other four medals from cycling were won by husband and wife Jessen Ng and Emily Lee.
Team Singapore cyclist Emily Lee and pilot Sarah Tan celebrate winning the silver medal. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Sport Singapore
Tandem cyclist Emily and pilot Sarah Tan grabbed a silver in the women’s sprint and a bronze in the women’s kilometre event.
“I’m comfortable with Sarah as a pilot. We gel and synchronise well without talking much and we can feel each other’s movements well,” the 47-year-old said.
While Jessen paired up with 2017 SEA Games cycling gold medallist Calvin Sim to earn two bronze medals in the men’s sprint and kilometre events.
Emily had previously represented Singapore in goalball in the 2015 APG, but decided to take up cycling as she thought it was a better fit for her abilities. And her two cycling medals proves that she may be right.
While Emily’s medals are no doubt the highlight of the competition, competing in the same sport as her better half has made this experience a unique one.
“I’m happy that he is doing the same sport as me. It’s my first time doing the same sport as my husband so it’s something very unusual,” she said.
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