APG2017: Cyclists shine as Singapore off to a strong start at ASEAN Para Games
Team Singapore opened their 9th ASEAN Para Games campaign on Sunday with a flurry of historic medals as the cycling team finished with one silver and four bronzes on day one of competition.
This is the first time the sport has been introduced at the Games and the medals are Singapore’s first in para cycling.
Team Singapore’s Tan Hun Boon in action. Photo: Sport Singapore
Singapore’s first medal of the day came courtesy of debutant Tan Hun Boon, who finished third in the men’s kilometre (C1, C2, C3) category.
Hun Boon clocked a timing of 1:48.672, behind Malaysia’s Mohd Adi Raimie (1.17.232) and his compatriot Muhd Yusof Hazizi (1.22.844).
“Of course it feels fantastic,” said the 40-year-old, who also celebrated his birthday today.
“This is the first time para cycling is represented at the APG, and I’m happy to be able to produce good results. It shows the potential of the sport to grow further in Singapore,” added the athlete who cycled with just one leg against his competitors.
The race was Hun Boon’s first race in an overseas competition as well, having got into the sport one year ago.
“Naturally, there were some nerves, but I was happy to come away with the bronze medal,” said Hun Boon, who is also an accomplished para-canoeist.
Emily Lee (centre) and her pilot Sarah Tan clinched silver in the women’s sprint (B) event. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the day’s other races, Emily Lee and her able-bodied sighted pilot Sarah Tan clinched silver in the women’s sprint (B) event after finishing behind Malaysia’s Nur Azlia Syafinaz and Noraidillina Adilla in the gold medal race.
The pair then combined for a bronze in the kilometre (B) event — with (B) being the category for visually impaired athletes.
Jessen Ng paired up with his pilot, reigning SEA Games gold medalist, Calvin Sim in the men’s sprint (B) event. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the men’s sprint (B) event, Jessen Ng paired up with reigning SEA Games gold medalist Calvin Sim to finish third after edging out Brunei for bronze.
Jessen and Calvin, his pilot, added another bronze to their tally in the last race of the day, finishing behind two Malaysian pairs in the men’s kilometre (B) race.
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