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    Default Gilchrist defends his singles gold

    04:45 AM Nov 14, 2011

    Singapore's Peter Gilchrist made it back-to-back wins in the men's English Billiards singles event here at the 26th SEA Games yesterday. The 43-year-old defending champion maintained his winning streak, beating Thailand's Praprut Chaithanas, 3-2, in the final. Gilchrist, who won the World Billiards title in 1994 and 2001, will team up with compatriot Ang Boon Chin today in the men's English Billiards Doubles event. Photo courtesy Singapore Sports Council



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    Default SEA Games: Two more gold medals from Singapore swimmers

    By Nabil Rusydi/Patwant Singh | Posted: 13 November 2011 2301 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore swimmers clinched two more gold medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia on Sunday.

    The golds were won in the men's 200m freestyle and the women's 4x200m freestyle.

    Danny Yeo, 21, clocked one minute 51:07seconds to beat Philippines' Lacuna Jessia Khin to the gold in the men's 200m freestyle.

    The Filipino timed one minute 52:23 seconds for the silver.

    Danny's fellow teammate, Jeremy Kevin Mathews, came in third with a personal best time of one minute and 52.36 seconds.

    In the women's 4x200m freestyle relay event, Singapore's quartet of Koh Hui Yu, Mylene Ong, Tao Li and Amanda Lim powered their way from the start to come in first, at a time of 8 minutes 13.88 seconds.

    The Thais came in second with a time of 8:27:86. Indonesia clinched the bronze with a time of 8:32:53.

    In the men's 100m butterfly, Singapore's Joseph Schooling could only manage a bronze. He set a new national record of 53:18 seconds.

    Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc won the gold with a time of 53:07 seconds.

    Indonesia's Glen Victor got the silver with a time of 53:17 seconds.

    In the men's 50m breaststroke final, Singapore's Ng Jia Hao finished second with a time of 28:66 seconds.

    He prevented a one-two finish for Indonesia whose swimmers came in first and third.

    Indonesia's Indra Gunawan clocked 28:25 seconds to clinch gold while his teammate Nicko Biondi Ricardo got the bronze with 28:85 seconds.

    In the women's 200m backstroke, Singapore's Tao Li scrapped through to win the bronze medal.

    She first came in fourth with a time of two minutes 17.72 seconds.

    But a disqualification of her Vietnamese opponent saw Tao Li climbing to the third spot instead.

    The gold was won by Indonesia's Yessy Yosaputra who clocked 2:15:73.

    Philippines' Dorothy Grace got the silver with a time of 2:17:32.

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    Default Table tennis machine moves through the gears

    Yang and Sun win mixed gold as men set up all-Singapore doubles final tonight


    by Shamir Osman
    04:46 AM Nov 15, 2011

    JAKARTA - The Singapore men's doubles pair of Yang Zi and Gao Ning lost the first set of their SEA Games semi-final fixture to the Philippines 11-7 last night, causing jaws across the Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Complex to drop.

    But Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Lee Bee Wah remained unmoved, her gaze fixed on court No 1, on the other side of the hall.

    Pang Xuejie, 18, and Ma Liang were making short work of their Thai opponents Chaisit Chaitat and Nikom Wongsiri in the other semi-final, and after cruising to a 3-0 win to secure their passage to the final, Lee jumped into the Jakarta air in jubilation.

    Speaking after Yang and Gao recovered to win 3-1 and set up an all-Singapore men's doubles final tonight, a beaming Lee said: "This is a historical moment. We've never had two men's doubles pairs playing in a SEA Games final before.

    "Our target is three gold medals, and we're on track to achieve that."

    While the official target is three, Lee admitted that the pressure is on Singapore to make a clean sweep of the five titles on offer at these Games and, indeed, at every regional tournament.

    Yang Zi and Sun Beibei teamed up to beat compatriots Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei 3-0 in the mixed doubles final last night. And with the pair of Feng and Sun through to the women's doubles final against Indonesia's Christine Ferlianna and Fauziah Yuliyanti as well, Lee's paddlers are well on track to assert their dominance in South-east Asia.

    "The most pleasing thing for me is Pang and Ma's win over the Thais ... they're a new pairing and they really rose to the occasion," said Lee, whose decision to field young players in this tournament was thrown into the spotlight in the months leading up to the Games.

    At a selection meeting in September, the Singapore National Olympic Council had raised concerns about the STTA's decision to leave out their top three women. But a compromise was reached with Feng replacing youngster Yu Mengyu in the squad.

    Pang was obviously pleased he made the team.

    "The results definitely speak for themselves, and I'd like to thank president Lee for promoting young players," said Pang. "It's a great experience for me and I will be playing in my first SEA Games final."

    There were mixed results for the other youngsters in the squad.

    The women's doubles pair of Isabelle Li, 16, and Zena Sim, 20, fell 3-0 to Ferlianna and Yuliyanti in the semi-finals, and Sim fought back tears as her SEA Games campaign came to a close.

    Isabelle, though, progressed in the singles tournament, beating Arlene Borja 3-0 in her first match in the group stage.

    Said Lee: "If players like Li and Pang perform well, it will help to promote the game back home."







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    Singaporean paddlers Yang Zi (left) and Sun Bei Bei beat compatriots Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei to win the mixed doubles final yesterday. Photo by DON WONG

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    Default A painful swim, but one to remember

    Singapore rule as Tao Li wins gold No 4, Arren and Shana make their mark and Clement sets new national record


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:46 AM Nov 15, 2011

    PALEMBANG - She felt like "dying".

    But, with less than nine months to next year's Olympic Games in London, Singapore swim star Tao Li continues to set her sights on the big one.

    Last night, the 21-year-old snared her fourth gold medal of the 26th SEA Games by clinching the 200m butterfly crown in 2min 14.27sec, edging out Indonesia's Raina Saumi (2:15.43) in a tense finish in front of nearly 1,500 fans at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre, with Thailand's Kitiya Patarawadee taking bronze (2:15.70).

    It was the penultimate event on Day 3 of the swimming programme, and it ended with Singapore's swimmers winning four more gold medals.

    Arren Quek became the fastest man of the Games in swimming when he won the 50m freestyle, Shana Lim (women's 50m backstroke, 29.37sec) and the men's 4x100m freestyle relay quartet of Clement Lim, Russell Ong, Quek and Danny Yeo (3min 23.35sec) all also got in on the gold-medal rush.

    In the relay, first-leg swimmer Lim also set a new national 100m freestyle record with a time of 50.68sec.

    The swimming team remain on course to match their 2009 haul of 14 gold medals.

    Singapore also collected one silver from Zach Ong (men's 200m backstroke) and three bronze medals from Rainer Ng (men's 200m backstroke), Russell Ong (men's 50m freestyle) and Koh Hui Yu (women's 400m free).

    Arren, 17, bagged a gold on his debut at the Games, and Shana, 18, collected her first individual win after three appearances (2007, 2009, 2011), but Tao Li's win was also special. Stamina has always been a bugbear for her.

    She is aiming for a medal in the 100m fly at the London Games, and she was all smiles after the physical intensity in the longer distance last night left her struggling to walk as she gingerly acknowledged the Indonesian fans after her swim.

    "I really struggled out there. My first 50 metres went too fast. I never thought I could do a 29-sec instead of my usual 31-sec," the 2008 Olympics 100m fly finalist said.

    "I heard the crowd cheering really loudly for the Indonesian, so I couldn't let her catch up and just did what I could (in the last 50m) and hung in there."

    Tao Li was initially slated to swim in nine events here, but she cut it down to eight. She has already won four, and collected a bronze in the 200m backstroke.

    She has three events left, and said: "It's really good as I've never managed this, and I've only trained with (coach) Ian (Turner) for six weeks and haven't tapered for this meet ... At most I would have five events, but here I've eight, most of which are around 200m which is not my pet (events), so I really feel like dying (from exhaustion)."

    Arren and Shana also swam their hearts out last night.

    Arren was over the moon, when he said: "It was disbelief at first, but then the emotions kicked in. It took me a while after I touched the wall to register that was first ... It's worth the sacrifices and it hasn't gone to waste."

    Shana, a second-year criminal justice sophomore at the University of Arkansas, will have something to tell her fans in school.

    "My friends and team-mates, even my coach in the States have been telling me this is my third SEA Games and I need to have one to call my own. This is definitely one of the races that I'm definitely going to remember," she said.







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    Tao Li has won four events and collected a bronze in the 200m backstroke. She has three events left. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG
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    Default Zhang still the shot put queen

    Singapore post a 1-2 in the event as Wan comes through with a personal best


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Nov 15, 2011

    PALEMBANG - She won gold in the event at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos with a throw of 17.12m. Her third attempt last night of 16.96m was her best effort, but it was enough for Zhang Guirong to once again be crowned the region's shot put queen.

    The Singaporean thrower's effort was enough to beat team-mate Wan Lay Chi - who posted a new personal best of 14.59m - and arch-rival Juthaporn Krasaeya of Thailand (14.30m), who claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.

    Yesterday's victory at the Jakabaring Stadium was the fifth successive gold medal for the 33-year-old since her debut at the 2003 SEA Games in Hanoi.

    Her achievements at the regional Games includes four shot put titles and one in the discus in 2003.

    Speaking to Today after her victory run around the stadium, she said: "This is my fifth gold medal and I'm delighted to win it. My training has not been ideal so getting this is great motivation for me.

    "I may have missed out on the 'B' qualifying mark of 17.30m for the London Olympics next year, but I still have a chance to make the distance next year."

    Currently the national record-holder in the shot put (18.57m), discus (49.91m) and javelin (51.66m), Zhang is putting off retirement till 2013.

    She has singled out 23-year-old Wan as a likely successor.

    Zhang, a part-time coach at the Shenyang Sports School, said of Wan: "I'm really happy for her because this is her third time taking part and she finally got a medal. I feel she can take over from me in the future."

    Team manager Loh Chan Pew was delighted with the young thrower, who wept tears of joy while singing the national anthem at the medal ceremony last night.

    "We were confident that she would be able to get a medal because she was doing very well during training," he said.

    "It will be quite tough for her to take over from Guirong in 2013, but if she keeps training she can do it as she is still young."

    The Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) have targeted six medals from this year's SEA Games, and so far, the 28-strong contingent have won two golds (men's discus, women's shot put), two silvers (men's 100m, women's shot put) and a bronze (men's pole vault) with two days of competition left on the schedule.

    Zhang returns to the field tonight to compete in the discus, with gold medal potential Rachel Yang also set for action in the pole vault.

    All eyes will also be on the men's 4x100m relay team of Calvin Kang, Muhd Amirudin Jamal, Lee Cheng Wei and Gary Yeo, who will be aiming to at least retain their silver medal from the last SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.



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    Default SUTD breaks ground for new campus at Changi

    By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 14 November 2011 1427 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore's fourth publicly-funded varsity, has broken ground for its permanent campus at Changi.

    Phase 1, which comprises academic and residential blocks, will be ready by early 2015.

    With its emphasis on collaboration and inter-disciplinary learning, the SUTD doesn't sound like a traditional university. It doesn't look like one either.

    Academic disciplines such as engineering and architecture are referred to as "pillars".

    And they are not housed in standalone buildings but are linked by bridges and common spaces to encourage interaction.

    The campus design also emphasizes sustainability and makes use of green technology design features to be as eco-friendly as possible.

    For instance, buildings will be laid out and tilted to maximise natural sunlight and ventilation.

    There will also be a bio-retention pond to irrigate plants using recycled water.

    Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the school's approach reflects the innovation the government wants in higher education.

    It's a goal that goes beyond increasing places for students. The government has said it wants to raise the number of places such that 30 percent of Primary One students can attend university.

    "We had in mind not only the number of additional publicly-funded places that we could create. We also wanted diversity," said Mr Tharman, who is also the Minister for Finance and Manpower.

    "We wanted to create new and different pathways, so that taken together with our established institutions, we have a landscape of options for young Singaporeans with diverse interests and abilities to prepare themselves for the opportunities and responsibilities of the 21st century."

    With a global crisis looming, the next few years could be more difficult for fresh graduates.

    The SUTD's president, Tom Magnanti, is unfazed. "We're always going to have economic upturns, downturns, but we're going to educate people for the long haul."

    What makes SUTD unique is the depth of collaboration with its two partners, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and the Zhejiang University in China.

    MIT's president Susan Hockfield explained: "We're trying to provide an environment where boundary crossing is the norm...crossing boundaries between disciplines, crossing boundaries between countries, and crossing boundaries between the university and industry."

    Professor Yang Wei, president of Zhejiang University, said the globalisation of the classroom mirrors the globalisation of business. "If you want to be a future leader, you have to understand the world."

    SUTD will begin classes in April 2012 with an initial cohort of 500 students.

    Students will also take courses from a range of academic disciplines.

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    Default Let's build a "city in a garden" home together

    By Saifulbahri Ismail | Posted: 14 November 2011 2051 hrs
    SINGAPORE: Former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew said Singapore's vision of a city in a garden needs innovation, ownership and dedication from all levels of society.

    Speaking at the Flower Dome preview, Mr Lee urged Singaporeans to work with the government to realise this vision and improve the living environment.

    Mr Lee recalled that the first tree he planted was in 1963 at Holland Road Circus.

    He stressed cities cannot just be made of buildings, tarmac and pavements.

    It has been almost 50 years since Singapore started the garden city movement.

    Mr Lee said becoming a garden city took strong political will, and dedication and support from Singaporeans.

    And as the country moves into the next phase of its green development, Mr Lee said he is confident Singapore is a step closer to its vision of a city in a garden.

    Mr Lee noted Singapore has become greener despite increasing urbanisation.

    He said the Gardens by the Bay, which comprises three gardens, shows how far Singapore has progressed in greening the country.

    He highlighted the need for support from the corporate community and individuals as the gardens continue to grow.

    "Many countries now do tree planting and call themselves garden cities," Mr Lee said.

    "To retain our edge and continue to improve our living environment, we have been transforming Singapore into a city in a garden.

    "This city in a garden vision is not just about developing green infrastructure. We are actually building a home to be proud of, in the next few decades."

    The public saw the variety of plants at the Flower Dome, opened for preview until Sunday.

    The Flower Dome features rare plants found in the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.

    It is part of the government's S$1 billion Gardens By The Bay South project, that's due to officially open in June next year.

    - CNA/wk

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    Default Mr Lee takes in the blooms at Gardens by the Bay

    Published on Nov 15, 2011




    Cameras clicked as former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew toured the Flower Dome at the Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay in a buggy yesterday. Sitting next to him is Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay. Seated in front of Mr Lee is Mrs Christina Ong, chairman of the National Parks Board. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By Tessa Wong


    After a tour of Singapore's newest gem at Marina Bay, the man who envisioned Singapore as a Garden City declared: 'I am sure Singaporeans will grow to love Gardens by the Bay as much as they do the Botanic Gardens.'

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's former prime minister, gave his nod of approval on Monday as he took in the bountiful blooms in the Flower Dome, one of three sections in the Gardens by the Bay complex being developed by the National Parks Board (NParks).
    Under a soaring glass dome, Mr Lee viewed landscaped exhibits that featured, among others, olive and palm trees, before he stopped to admire sprays of butterfly orchids that were part of the ongoing World Orchid Show.

    The show ends on Nov 20, which is when the Flower Dome will also be closed to the public until its scheduled opening next June.
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    Default Joseph the magnificent

    Singapore unveils a new swimming sensation as he wins 200m fly gold and qualifies for 2012 Olympics


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:45 AM Nov 16, 2011



    PALEMBANG - They are the brains trust behind Singapore's new swimming sensation Joseph Schooling (picture), and they have vowed to keep him on the straight and narrow.

    That was the assurance Joseph's parents Colin and May, and coach Sergio Lopez, gave after the teenager's stock continued to rise last night here at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre.

    The 16-year-old won the men's 200m butterfly at the 26th SEA Games in a new Games record of 1min 56.67sec, a time good enough for him to qualify for next year's Olympic Games.

    It was his second gold of the Games and the time was under the Olympic "A" mark of 1:56.86.

    Joseph eclipsed his own national mark of 1:58.95 set at the 3rd ASEAN Schools Games in July this year.

    Team-mate Quah Zheng Wen, 14, who took the silver in 2:00.24, was also fast enough to met the Olympic "B" qualifying mark of 2:00.95.

    The 1.82m tall Joseph was mobbed by a group of star-struck Indonesian fans and volunteers at the arena after his swim as they posed for photos with him, and with his boyish good looks, the youngster looks primed for the limelight.

    But he is under no illusions, as he tries to fulfil a talent that has already seen him claim four national records this year and become the talking point at these Games.

    "The lucky thing is that I'm in the States, you don't get that much pressure there so I can train better," said Joseph, a student of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, whose alumni includes Spain's 1992 Barcelona Olympics 200m backstroke gold medallist Martin Lopez and 1988 Olympic 100m fly champion Anthony Nesty of Suriname.

    "But with everything comes ... consequences, but I won't succumb to pressure. I will just keep going forward."

    His Spanish coach, Sergio Lopez, who arrived here on Monday, said: "Everyone wants me to say he will win this and that, but that's the danger.

    "He is a hugely talented swimmer who has that natural feel for the water and is able to adjust his strokes accordingly and transmit exactly what his coach wants."

    "But he has to want it badly enough, to want to work hard for it. It's out there, it's just up to him to get it," added the 43-year-old, a 200m breaststroke bronze medallist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    Joseph was among some 30 Singapore athletes who came down with stomach flu due to the conditions here.

    Mum May banned him from eating food served at the Athletes' Village, and has arranged for it to be delivered from the Horison Hotel - where Joseph's parents are staying - to him.

    "To see him achieve this after all that effort is truly well worth it," said May.

    "It's also a fulfilment of his dream to compete at the Olympics. He only met his grand-uncle (former Singapore Olympian and pole vaulter) Lloyd Valberg in Perth when he was eight, and was inspired by his stories."

    The current Asian 200m fly record, set by Japan's Takeshi Matsuda in 2008, is 1:54.02, while the winning time set at this year's World Championships in Shanghai by Michael Phelps is 1:53.34.

    Colin believes his son can meet those times for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the 63-year-old businessman said: "But there are so many factors along the way, like injury.

    "We'll make sure he knows the meaning of family. We won't let him get carried away."




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    Default A thriller, and 2 S'pore golds

    Republic continue to dominate table tennis as young Pang celebrates men's doubles win


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Nov 16, 2011

    JAKARTA - A thrilling five-game final was not what some 1,000 fans at the Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Complex expected from the women's doubles match-up between top-seeded Singaporeans Feng Tianwei and Sun Beibei, and Nanthana Kumwong and Anisara Muangsak of Thailand.

    But, much to their delight, they were served up a heart-stopping battle, with the two pairs even engaged in point-for-point battles in the duel for the SEA Games gold.

    The Singaporeans drew first blood at 11-7, before the Thais claimed the second game 11-6. Both pairs eventually levelled the score at 2-2, setting up a rubber cliffhanger.

    Egged on by the screams and cheers from the 80-strong Team Singapore supporters, Feng and Sun - who had already won the mixed doubles with Yang Zi on Monday - only just lived up to their billing, winning the final game 11-9 to claim the gold.

    Said Feng after the victory: "The Thai pair played with a lot of aggression, and at a higher standard than we expected. But we had more confidence and won the match."

    It was an all-Singaporean affair in the men's doubles final, with youngsters Ma Liang and Pang Xuejie posting a surprise 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8) victory over the senior pair of Gao Ning and Yang Zi.

    Said 18-year-old Pang: "I'm just very excited to be able to win my first doubles gold medal as I didn't think we would be able to beat them.

    "It's a great feeling exacting revenge because we were only third at the last Games.

    "Next year, I hope to get a good result in the World Team Table Tennis Championships, and I also hope to play in the men's singles in the next SEA Games."

    Yesterday's double-gold medal haul was one to savour for Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Lee Bee Wah, after the success of Pang and 17-year-old Isabelle Li, who is assured of at least a bronze medal after qualifying for the women's singles semi-final.

    Isabelle will face Vietnam's Mai Hoang My Trang in today's semi-final, while team-mate Feng will go up against Indonesia's Christine Ferliana.

    Lee said: "Our two men's doubles made the final and I feel very proud, especially of Xuejie as he made the final and won the gold. I believe this will help our drive to push table tennis in Singapore."

    The final day of table tennis competition will also see Gao Ning and Yang Zi in action in the men's singles semi-final against Tran Tuan Quynh of Vietnam and Indonesia's Ficky Supit Santoso, respectively.

    Both the men's and women's singles finals will be played this evening.



    Paddlers Feng Tianwei (left) and Sun Beibei showed nerves of steel to beat the determined Thai women's doubles team. Photo by DON WONG

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    Default Mon Cherie, dressed in gold

    She wins a tense women's singles to make up for men's disappointment


    by Shamir Osman
    04:45 AM Nov 16, 2011

    JAKARTA - Eyes darting from screens to lanes at Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre, the crowd gathered between the Singapore and Malaysia camps struggled to work out the numbers.

    Between Singapore's Cherie Tan and Jazreel Tan, and Malaysian Sin Li Jane, one would emerge as the 26th SEA Games women's singles bowling champion, but officials and even coaches could not quite figure out how much was needed for whom to win.

    Cherie was a picture of quiet. She betrayed no emotion when her final pin quivered, then stayed upright.

    Only when she turned to face the crowd did her gold-medal celebrations begin.

    "I didn't know I was leading till the last game, I didn't look at the scores. Sometimes seeing the standings spur me on, but this time I was trying to keep my focus," said a beaming Cherie, after the din died down a little.

    The 23-year-old's final throw knocked down nine pins for a total of 1,286, just two ahead of Malaysia's Sin, who pipped Jazreel to silver by a single pin.

    It was a stunning start to the campaign by Singapore's women.

    Besides Malaysia's Sin, Singaporeans featured in the other top six positions, with Daphne Tan, Cherie's sister, finishing in 13th.

    Said Bowling Federation president Jessie Phua: "It was heart-stopping. You need to have a heart of steel in there, and Cherie definitely delivered when it counts.

    "I think this clearly displays the breadth and the depth that we have. We have five to six girls who can match the six here, and that's a happy problem we have."

    Not so much the men, by the looks of it.

    Jason Yeong-Nathan finished sixth in the men's singles with a score of 1,314, with Ng Chiew Pang and Keith Saw the only other Singaporeans besides the 28-year-old in the top 20.

    Philippines' Frederick Ong won with 1,386 pinfalls, with compatriot Jeremy Posadas in second and Malaysia's Adrian Ang third.

    "Our men's team is a team in transition. They have the skill sets, but the challenge is for us to help them link their flashes of brilliance into something magnificent," said Phua.

    She then asserted: "Our men's teams seem to be stuttering because of National Service (NS). As soon as you are anywhere near being battle-hardened internationally, NS robs us of them ... so we're looking at bringing them in younger."

    Overall, though, Phua was pleased.

    "It's a wonderful start - eight more golds to go," she said, laughing.

    "Although I hope not so many more heart-stopping moments."


    Cherie Tan (left) and Jazreel Tan won the gold and bronze medal respectively yesterday. Photo by DON WONG
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    Default SEA Games: S'pore swimmers haul in 3 more gold

    Posted: 15 November 2011 2300 hrs



    Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (Photo: Singapore Sports Council)



    SINGAPORE - Singapore's swimmers bagged three more gold medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia on Tuesday.

    Joseph Schooling clinched the men's 200m butterfly title in one minute 56.67 seconds, a new SEA Games record and meeting the Olympic 'A' qualification time.

    His team-mate Quah Zheng Wen took the silver in two minutes 00:24 seconds.

    Thailand took the bronze in two minutes 01:44 seconds.

    Singapore's second swimming gold of the evening was won by Amanda Lim who touched home first in the women's 50m freestyle sprint in 25.77 seconds.

    Her teammate Mylene Ong was second in 25:89 seconds. Indonesia settled for the bronze in 26:23 seconds.

    Lim starred again in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team, which won Singapore's third swimming gold of the evening. The quartet clocked three minutes 48:38 seconds to clinch the title.

    Thailand got the silver in three minutes 51:76 seconds while Malaysia took home the bronze in three minutes 53:27 seconds.


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    Default SEA Games: Photo-finish heartbreak for S'pore

    By Philip Goh Haw Hann, TODAY | Posted: 16 November 2011 0721 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore's 4x100m track sprint quartet came within a hair's breadth of the SEA gold on Tuesday night at the Jakabaring Stadium.

    Given a handy lead by team-mate Lee Cheng Wei, anchor runner Gary Yeo found himself chased down the straight by Indonesia's Farel Octoviandi, with both runners crossing the finish line simultaneously.

    Octoviandi and Indonesia were given the decision by four thousandths of a second - 39.905 to Singapore's 39.909.

    Malaysia took bronze in 40.41, while Thailand brought up the rear in 40.44, a surprise failure by one of the traditional favourites.

    This was the Singapore quartet's first sub-40sec run since their silver-medal performance at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos when they set the national record of 39.82sec.

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    Default Sibling act Sasha and Matthew make waves


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:46 AM Nov 17, 2011

    PALEMBANG - The majority of the Singapore wakeboard and waterski outfit currently at the 26th SEA Games could form the backbone of the team in four years' time, when the Republic host the region's biggest multi-sport event.

    Yesterday, Sasha Christian (picture) added another feather to her cap by winning the women's wakeboard gold at the Jakabaring Lake with 60.45 points. Kayla Kee (40.23) claimed the silver in a one-two finish for Singapore.

    Kayla, 16, the 2010 Asian Wakeboard Championships bronze medallist, also set a national record in the women's slalom with a score of two-and-a-half buoys at 16m, beating the previous mark of one buoy at 16m by Charlene Lim at the 1997 Jakarta Games. Samantha Bermudez of the Philippines took the bronze (36.46).

    It was a day of celebration for the Christian family, after Matthew, Sasha's brother, claimed the bronze in the men's wakeboard with 60.12 points. The gold and silver went to Thailand's Padiwat Jaemjan (69.13) and Bunyalo Jumruang (65.56), respectively.

    Top-seed Sasha, a bronze medallist at the 2011 Asian Wakeboard Championships, was the clear winner with her array of technical tricks, including the "air raley" and difficult "heelside frontside 360".

    The 18-year-old ranked her win among her most prized, and she is aiming to compete at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

    "The SEA Games has a very different feel. It's given the sport so much exposure," she said.

    "It's a different type of pressure ... it feels pretty prestigious to be a SEA Games champion and it's something that I can go back and tell people about. It's definitely one of my most precious medals."

    While details like the sports programme and venues for the 2015 Games have yet to be explored, Singapore Wakeboard and Waterski Federation general manager Paul Fong believes the hosts will have a strong team.

    "Sasha and her brother should still be around, not only will they form the backbone, but if there's a SEA Games, there will be plenty of youngsters coming in," he said.

    "It's a big incentive to be in the sport. Hopefully Singapore includes us for the next big party in 2015." Tan Yo-Hinn


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    Total domination


    Paddlers Feng and Gao collect singles golds for Singapore to complete a clean sweep


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Nov 17, 2011

    JAKARTA - Before they went into action here at the 26th SEA Games, Team Singapore's table tennis stars walked the playing hall and the streets without any fuss.

    It was a very different story yesterday.

    The team of eight were mobbed by local fans at the Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Complex after sweeping all five of the gold medals on offer in table tennis.

    It was an all-Singapore affair on the final day of table tennis, with world No 4 Feng Tianwei claiming the gold medal in the women's singles and Gao Ning emerging as the men's singles champion.

    Feng, 25, proved too good for her younger team-mate, Isabelle Li, the 17-year-old debutant.

    There was tremendous support for the two Singapore women in the stands, that also featured a contingent of Team Singapore supporters, including chef-de-mission Dr Tan Eng Liang.

    Feng was never troubled, wrapping up the final 4-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5) in 35 minutes.

    Said the defending champion, who also picked up a gold in the women's doubles: "I think today Isabelle was not so used to my style and I played better and was more steady.

    "Isabelle is a player with a lot of promise. She's good and she just needs to work on her aggression and attack."

    Feng returns to Singapore today before departing for London on Nov 21 to compete in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals.

    Watched by her family members and friends, last year's Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Isabelle was delighted to finish second on her debut.

    "There is still a gulf in standard between us, and it was a hard match for me. This is my first time competing against Tianwei and it was a very special moment for me playing against a world champion and world No 4," said the teenager.

    In the men's singles final that followed, it was sweet revenge for veteran Gao Ning, who notched a 4-0 (11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8) victory over team-mate Yang Zi. The 29-year-old had lost the Commonwealth Games gold to Yang in New Delhi last year,

    Gao Ning, who claimed his third successive singles gold in the event, said: "It's a good feeling. I think I prepared more sufficiently this time around and clinched the crucial points."

    With five golds and four silver medals from five events, table tennis is the most successful sport for Singapore here.

    Selection issues had dogged the paddlers ahead of the SEA Games, as the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) got into a tangle with the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

    It was eventually resolved, and speaking yesterday, STTA president Lee Bee Wah said: "I'm very proud of them, especially our younger players Xuejie and Isabelle. I think the results speak for itself ... the STTA wants to groom younger players.

    "In future, the policy of sending one set of senior players to get medals and another set of younger ones for development will remain (for SEA Games)."

    Chef-de-mission Tan, a vice-president at the SNOC, personally congratulated Lee on the team's success.

    "Our congratulations to the paddlers and the association for winning five gold medals. They deserve our fullest and heartiest congratulations.

    "The younger players, especially Isabelle and Pang, they have done well to reach where they are, and it's good for them and table tennis," he said.


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    Republic set to surpass best medal haul from 1983 Games as young guns add to the smiles


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:46 AM Nov 17, 2011

    PALEMBANG - Singapore stamped an exclamation mark on their status as the swimming powerhouse of the region with their 15th gold medal at the 26th SEA Games here last night.

    In the final race on the penultimate day of the swimming programme, the men's 4x200m freestyle quartet of Jeremy Kevin Mathews, Clement Lim, Teo Zhen Ren and Danny Yeo stormed home to win in 7min 31.98sec. Indonesia took silver (7:35.99) and the Philippines the bronze (7:36.93).

    Tao Li also clinched her sixth gold and seventh medal overall yesterday in the 200m backstroke with a time of 1:02.11sec.

    The two wins brought the swim team's total haul to 15 gold, eight silver and 12 bronze medals, surpassing the previous "away" best of 14 golds, eight silver and 11 bronzes from the 2009 Laos Games.

    The 15 golds also matched the best-ever haul gold-medal haul at the 1983 SEA Games in Singapore.

    Going into the final day of the swimming programme at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre, Singapore aim to finish with at least 17 golds.

    Last night, head coach Ang Peng Siong huddled with the other coaches See Puay Kheng, David Lim, Ian Turner and Barry Prime and high performance manager Aloysius Yeo for around 15 minutes for a quick initial analysis of the team's performance.

    After that, a beaming Ang said: "This shows we have a good foundation of swimmers coming into the programme for every SEA Games, and many of the medallists are rookies. It's a good indicator for us.

    " ... The overall quality of the racing has gone up, and many are very young, from 15, 16, 17 years of age.

    "There's been a lot of support put into the development programme, and we'd like to see that progressing to the Asian and Olympic Games."

    The 49-yar-old, once the world's fastest swimmer in the 50m freestyle, described the support staff around the swim team, including renowned consultant Bill Sweetenham, as vital cogs akin to a top-notch Formula 1 team, helping to bring out the best in the likes of Tao Li, Danny Yeo and Amanda Lim and SEA Games rookies like Joseph Schooling, 16, and Quah Zheng Wen, 14.

    For a while at least yesterday, it seemed as if the Singapore juggernaut might end the day without any gold medals.

    Thailand's Natthanan Junkrajang pipped Mylene Ong (56.71) and Amanda Lim (56.73) to the women's 100m freestyle gold in 56.54 and Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc beat Danny Yeo - the Singaporean broke his own national mark of 50.99 with 50.98 - to the gold in 50.79sec in the men's 100m freestyle.

    Samantha Yeo also took bronze in the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:37.12, while Zheng Wen finished third in the men's 50m backstroke in 26.38.

    It was left to Tao Li to ensure Singapore's run of gold on every day of the swimming programme continued, winning the 100m backstroke ahead of Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (1:03.68) and the Philippines' Dorothy Grace Hong (1:03.69).

    The Singapore men's relay quartet duly ensured the night ended on a high.

    This is now Tao Li's best SEA Games, after her previous high of five golds in 2009.

    She will go for gold number seven tonight in the 50 fly tonight, an event she has won in the last two Asian Games.


    Her coach Turner is at his first SEA Games with Singapore, and the 60-year-old, said: "It's been an exceptional team performance, and pleasing for the powers that be as the youngsters who came through two years ago have done very well.

    "The combination of their success with the older athletes has delivered an all-round good team performance."



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    Default S'pore sailors setting the stage for a grand finish


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Nov 17, 2011

    JAKARTA - It is a playground for the rich, boasting seafront bungalows, luxury yachts and an amusement park.

    The Ancol Marina could also prove to be a treasure trove for Team Singapore's sailors, who are currently in the lead in four classes at the 26th SEA Games with four races to go.

    Leading the charge for the 11-strong contingent - they are competing in nine classes - are men's 470 sailors Russel Kan and Terence Koh, women's 470 pair Dawn Liu and Sara Tan, Elisa Yukie Yokoyama (Optimist Open) and Victoria Chan in the women's Laser Radial.

    RSX windsurfer Audrey Yong is also in the mix for gold with eight points from six races, just two adrift of race leader Siriporn Kaewduang-Ngam of Thailand.

    Team manager Chung Pei Ming was optimistic about the team's chances, when he said yesterday: "The sailors are doing well, and so far Singapore has performed well. We should be able to finish off well with four more races to go.

    "We just need to continue doing what we're doing on the race course and wait for the rest to make mistakes."

    Men's 470 pair Koh and Kan, leading a six-boat fleet, will be keeping a keen eye on rivals Ridgely Balladares and Rommel Chavez of the Philippines.

    "They are very good sailors ... we have sailed against them before and they are quite an experienced pair," said 24-year-old Koh, who has taken a break from his studies at the University of New South Wales to train for the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships (2012 Olympic qualifiers) next month.

    "Russel and I started training together at the start of the year and our partnership is very good. We'll just keep sailing to our ability, do what we've been doing these last two days, and keep our eye on the Filipinos," he added.

    Yukie, 14, is also looking forward to more action on the water.

    "Racing's been quite good and we're getting light winds here. This is my first SEA Games so I'm quite excited to be representing Singapore," she said.

    The sailing competition will take a break today, with three races scheduled tomorrow (weather permitting), and one final race on Saturday.
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