SINGAPORE – Para-cyclist Tan Hun Boon won Singapore’s first medal at the Asean Para Games (APG) on Sunday (Sept 17) in Kuala Lumpur.
The 40-year-old, one of 21 debutants in the 90-strong Singapore contingent, clocked 1min 48.672sec to win the bronze in the men’s kilometre (C1, C2, C3) final at the Nilai Velodrome.
The amputee was competing in the C2 class, where the higher the number, the less severe is the disability.
Cycling is making its debut at the APG, and it is one a record 16 sports that will be contested at the Games, which begins on Sunday.
Malaysia’s Adi Raimie Amizazahan (1:17.232) and Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin (1:18.735) won gold and silver respectively.
Soon afterwards, tandem cyclists Emily Lee, 47, paired with sighted pilot Sarah Tan to win Singapore’s first silver medal at the APG. The pair lost to Nur Azlia Syafinaz and Adilla Noraidillina of Malaysia in the women’s sprint final.
In the men’s sprint event, Lee’s husband Jessen Ng, 55, teamed up with recent SEA Games gold medallist Calvin Sim to clinch the bronze.
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