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    thanks for sharing the pics..wow loh, looks like u are very busy in this thread

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    Default ^^After all..^^

    ..our Loh is BC's own "Mr. Singapore"..

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    Default Spirit of Evolution

    Hi George and Chris, more pics from AYG Opening Ceremony coming your way.

    After Asia's Zest, a much larger, longer and varied display came from the "Spirit of Evolution" beginning with the deep blue sea and its thunderous waves so brilliantly and visually created and played out by the overhead lights.

    And it was performed by seven different groups with singers from the School of the Arts:

    * Deyi Secondary School
    * Henderson Secondary School
    * Hwa Chong Institution (College)
    * NCC Air Cadets
    * National Junior College
    * Serangoon Junior College

    Vocalists: Moira Loh Xiao Hui and Lydia Lim Ya Sze, School of the Arts

    Choreographers: Mr Dan Kwoh and Mr Kiki Tay

    (Sorry the last six pics should not belong to this segment.)
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    my eyes is getting blue and blue and blue then to red then to white then to blue again

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    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    my eyes is getting blue and blue and blue then to red then to white then to blue again
    That's the whole idea - to turn you into a blue-eyed boy!

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    Default Spirit of Evolution

    Evolution continues and turns into something more vibrant in the next segment of the display.

    "The innovative use of props and costumes and the unique music with Asian flavour attempts to show the transition from the traditional to the modern. The youth of Asia will embrace change positively, seize golden opportunities and shine like stars."

    (Now George is going to see red with rage!
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    Default Spirit of Evolution (continued)

    The dramatic colour changes from the illuminating lights all around and above high up in the ceiling presented a magical atmosphere that excites both the eyes and imagination to no end and the images were ably synchronized by the energy of the young ochestra and the spirited dancers!
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    Default Closing Show Segment

    A young lady and a young man from Anglo Chinese Junior College, which has earned numerous accolades from its choir, closed the show with their renditon of the Theme Song "Asia's Youth, Our Future".

    Soloists: Lian Kim Selby and Nathan Hartono, Anglo Chinese Junior College

    Choreographers: Mr Low Ee Chiang and Mr Dan Kwoh
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    Default Parade of Athletes

    Now the more official Ceremonial Segment began with a march past of as many athletes as available around the stadium arena.

    Afghanistan, once a war-torn country, led the parade according to alphabetical order with host country Singapore at the tail-end. Even Malaysia's sailors were there although all their other teammates had to return home because of the swine flu scare. Thankfully all the other countries remained behind to fight both the H1N1 and the competition.

    Two other countries which are now in the world headline news, Iran and North Korea, were also represented. North and South Korea may meet in the football pitch as both had advanced further into the competition. Countries may be rivals in other areas and it is such sporting events that we hope their youths can meet in more friendly circumstances. And it was also good to see a relative new nation, Timor Leste making a token appearance.

    Everyone wore a sense of pride to be able to represent their respective countries. Our dancers and singers urged them on with applause and cheers while the orchestra provided the beat. Hopefully our visitors will bring home memorable experiences, lots of new friends and make a return back to Singapore one of these days.
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    Default Final Ceremonial Segments

    After the colourful "Parade of Athletes" came the closing events with speeches by both the Chairman Steering Committee SAYGOC Mr Ng Ser Miang and President OCA Mr Timothy Fok before PM Lee Hsien Loong was invited to declare open the AYG Singapore 2009 officially.

    The OCA Flag was then paraded by six Singaporean students, three girls and three boys, accompanied by the OCA Anthem before it was handed to six uniformed cadets and then hoisted on the flag pole.

    The Oath Taking ceremony followed thereafter before three Singaporean torch bearers appeared and later ascended the stage to light the Cauldron as a more dramatic start to the Games.

    Mascot Frasia took the opportunity of making more Asian friends and PM Lee was invited on stage to shake hands with the young leaders of the sports fraternity.
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    Some pics have been inadvertently left out from the above:
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    Default AYG Medal Tally

    AYG Medal Tally (Gold medal winners only)
    As of 4 July 2009 (9.00 pm)

    http://www.ayg2009.sg/page/medalTally/0,,12804,00.html

    Key: Gold Silver Bronze Total

    1 People's Republic of China (CHN) 21 8 5 34

    2 Republic of Korea (KOR) 13 11 12 36

    3 Japan (JPN) 5 6 1 12

    4 Thailand (THA) 5 5 1 11

    5 India (IND) 5 3 2 10

    6 Singapore (SIN) 4 2 11 17

    7 Hong Kong, China (HKG} 3 6 3 12

    8 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 2 3 4 9

    9 Kuwait (KUW) 2 2 4 8

    10 D.P.R. of Korea (PRK) 1 3 3 7

    11 Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) 1 3 1 5

    12 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 1 2 5 8

    13 Yemen (YEM) 1 0 0 1

    As expected China dominated these Games so far as they had done so during the last Beijing Olympics. However South Korea showed that they are a force to be reckoned with coming in second and winning two more medals than China overall. They have excelled in bowling and swimming.

    Surprising tiny Singapore was placed 6th so far having won 4 gold medals, 2 for bowling and another 2 for swimming. And Singapore won a bronze in the mixed-team Table Tennis without any foreign talent... Now, our foreign talent scheme must have rub off to our local table tennis players as well.

    I watched the football game at Jalan Besar when South Korea trounced Saudi Arabia in the QF and I knew they would be good enough to feature in the finals. And indeed South Korea went on to beat Iran 2-nil I think and will meet their northern counterparts in the finals when North Korea beat China 1-nil in the semis. But I don't think both the Southerners and the Northerners will give any problems to the organizers as they have shown to be well-behaved on the field.

    Oh by the way, I love our AYG website which is simple but provides lots of information, especially on the schedule and results of events.

    http://www.ayg2009.sg/page/Swimming/...645162,00.html
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    what about malaysia?

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    Default Singapore's flag bearer Quah won 2 gold medals

    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    what about malaysia?
    Malaysia have not won any medals yet as the bulk of their athletes was recalled back home because of the swine flu. The footballers lost in the preliminaries. But I read reports that the remaining MAS sailors may be in contention for a medal.

    So far there were no further reports that the flu had incapacitated other athletes apart from the early quarantine of the infected Filippino and Hong Kong footballers, who eventually competed, and a scare for the Singapore table tennis team which was tested unaffected.

    I was at the Singapore Sports School in Woodlands yesterday to witness the swimming competition in the evening and was happy to see teenage swim star Quah Ting Wen winning another gold medal for Singapore in the 50M freestyle to add to her earlier 200M freestyle win.

    Write up from website:

    "The nation's swimming profile has been bolstered lately with an emerging group of young and talented athletes. And the name Quah Ting Wen is no stranger to that glowering list.

    After breaking Joscelin Yeo's 100m record at the Beijing Olympics last year, Ting Wen went on to break three national records at the 40th National Age Group Swimming Championships this year, a remarkable feat for the 17-year-old student from the Singapore Sports School.


    A report on the race:

    "Excited screams rocked the pool when Singapore's Quah Ting Wen took the gold for the nation in the Girls 50M Freestyle with a time of 25.43 seconds, in one of the closest races of the Asian Youth Games swimming so far.

    The win was made sweeter when Amanda Lim Xiang Qi bagged the silver for Singapore, clocking 25.68 seconds, only 0.25 seconds behind Quah, granting Singapore two spots in the medal ceremony.

    Stephanie Au Hoi Shun of Hong Kong came in third place with a time of 26.22 seconds."

    I was seated among Singapore's Cheer Team ambassadors and indeed they really make the atmosphere alive with their boisterous youthful chants and noises from their balloon clappers.


    Singapore is in 5th position as of yesterday 5 July, 9.00 pm with 5 gold medals as the tally below shows:

    1 People's Republic of China (CHN) 21 11 8 40

    2 Republic of Korea (KOR) 18 14 12 44

    3 Thailand (THA) 7 5 2 14

    4 Japan (JPN) 5 6 1 12

    5 Singapore (SIN) 5 3 12 20

    6 India (IND) 5 3 2 10

    7 Hong Kong, China (HKG) 4 6 4 14


    In addition, Singapore is assured of another gold medal from sailing.
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    Default Singapore Now Lying in 4th Position in Medal Tally

    I just saw the results and it was rather unexpected but pleasing. Singapore has now clinched another 3 gold medals to make it eight and put her in fourth position overall as follows at 8 pm:

    1 People's Republic of China (CHN) 25 16 11 52

    2 Republic of Korea (KOR) 18 16 17 51

    3 Thailand (THA) 11 7 2 20

    4 Singapore (SIN) 8 5 14 27

    5 Hong Kong, China (HKG) 5 8 5 18

    6 Japan (JPN) 5 6 4 15

    7 India (IND) 5 3 3 11


    And apart from the sailing gold from Darren Choy in the Byte CII class, it was again flag-bearer, Quah Ting Wen who brought home the two other gold medals in her pet free style events, the 100M and the 4x100M.

    Girls 100M Freestyle Finals (Results)

    "With two medals under her belt, Quah Ting Wen clinched yet another gold in the Girls' 100M Freestyle finals. She clocked in a time of 55.57 seconds.

    As if a re-enactment of yesterday's Girls' 50M Freestyle finals, Amanda Lim from Singapore joined Ting Wen in the awards ceremony, taking silver with a time of 56.24 seconds. Lim managed to pull in near the end, overtaking Republic of Korea's Kim Junghye who clocked a time of 56.39 seconds.

    This is Ting Wen's third gold medal, and she and Amanda are anticipated to clinch another in the 4x100M Freestyle Relay Finals later on this evening."

    Written by Fann Sim and Vanessa Lim


    Girls 4x100M Freestyle Relay Finals (Results)

    "Team Singapore powered their way to an impressive gold medal in the Girls 4x100M Freestyle finals in a new national record of 3:46.91 minutes earlier tonight.

    The quartet of Hui Yu, Quah Ting Wen, Amanda Lim and Lynette Lim wrapped up the Asian Youth Games (AYG) swimming meets in resounding style as they dominated competition, finishing close to a full 4 seconds ahead of Team Republic of Korea.

    The Koreans led through to the first 100M turn before Singapore's Quah Ting Wen pulled away in stunning fashion in the second lap, hitting the 200M in a record time of 55.38 seconds.

    Quah Ting Wen, who won the gold medal in the 100M freestyle finals, produced a spectacular swim much to the delight of local supporters. Amanda Lim, who plunged in next clocked a timing of 55.96 seconds for the third lap and even before the final 100 metres, it was clear that the Singapore girls had secured the gold medal.

    As Lynette Lim touched home, the crowd roared their support for the girls as they wrapped up this year's tournament with a gold medal and a new national record for Singapore.

    The Republic of Korea stopped the clock at 3:50.56 minutes to land silver while China stood third the clocking 3:51.34 minutes."

    Written by: Karthik Mohan

    So both Singapore and Hong Kong have overtaken Japan in the standings and of course Thailand has done very well to remain in third position.
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    Default Four of the Best in Swimming

    Today
    Jul 07, 2009

    Even former great Joscelin Yeo leaves impressed as Ting Wen creates a splash

    by Tan Yo-Hinn

    SITTING among the crowd on the final day of the Asian Youth Games swimming competition yesterday was Joscelin Yeo, regarded as one of the region's greatest swimmers ever.

    Although the former national star and soon-to-be Nominated Member of Parliament has seen it all, she could not help but leave the Singapore Sports School buzzing after the hosts put on a magnificent display to clinch the last gold medal on offer - the girls' 4x100m freestyle relay.

    The quartet of Koh Hui Yu, Quah Ting Wen, Amanda Lim and Lynette Lim romped to victory in a national record 3min 46.91sec, obliterating the previous mark of 3:53.33 set at the 2006 Asian Games.

    The South Koreans, who had dominated the Games' swimming programme, finished second, more than three body lengths behind in 3:50.56, with China taking the bronze in 3:51.34.

    The win was a double celebration for Singapore, after Ting Wen and Amanda had earlier made it a 1-2 finish in the 100m freestyle.

    Ting Wen won in a national record of 55.57sec - breaking the previous mark of 55.65s - with Amanda clocking 56.24s and South Korea's Kim Jung Hye 56.39.

    "What struck me about this team is their sense of togetherness, supporting each other throughout," said Yeo, 30, the most bemedalled SEA Games athlete with 40 golds from 1991 to 2005.

    "It's not just one or two, but a whole group coming through. They're nowhere near their full potential yet, and it's just awesome."

    'I just went for it'

    Indeed, the victory sparked joyous celebrations, with many of Singapore's 24-strong swim team approached for pictures and autographs by star-struck fans.

    Head coach David Lim, a former multiple SEA Games gold medallist, paid tribute to a team who finished with five gold, two silver and five bronze medals. "To come off the Singapore National Championships just a few weeks ago and swim out of their skins here is just magnificent," said the former national backstroke star.

    Ting Wen, 16, was the top performer with four golds - she also won the 50m and 200m freestyle - finishing level with South Korea's Chang Gyu Cheol.

    "I just went for it, went all out for it. I felt so pumped up with the home crowd cheering. We really wanted to win this," said Ting Wen.

    On her four-gold haul, she added: "It means a lot to me. Coming into this meet, I didn't expect to do this well. Getting personal bests was my main goal. But this really exceeded my expectations."

    It was the lanky 1.74m tall star who played an instrumental role in Singapore's come-from-behind victory in the relay.

    Diving in as the second swimmer after 14-year-old Hui Yu - who finished the first leg in third behind South Korea's Jung Hae Un and China's Chen Xiaojun - Ting Wen surged ahead, giving Singapore a two-body length lead over China and Hong Kong.

    With Amanda swimming the third leg, the hosts reached the 300m mark in 2:49.52, ahead of South Korea (2:54.24) and China (2:55.00), before United States-based Lynette applied the finishing touch.

    "I always feel a lot of pressure being the anchor as I'm afraid of letting the team down. But I kept self-talking, telling myself I could do it," said Lynette.

    Yeo, a four-time Olympian, believes this group of swimmers, who are likely to form the backbone of the next generation of Singapore's team, can go far.

    "Swimming is an individual sport, but if they can continue to share training methods and knowledge to help each other, everybody benefits and the overall standard of the team will be raised," she said.


    (And it took Basil Low to wrap up Singapore's last haul to nine gold medals when he conquered his nerves, the glare of TV lights, the weight of expectation and South Korea's Choi Kyung Hwan to win in the Boys' Masters bowling with a score of 501-433 (236/265-220/213) against Kyung Hwan in the finals. This was probably the last event of the entire games.

    So Singapore surprised by being the 4th most successful nation in these inaugural Youth Asian Games with 9 gold, 6 silver, 15 bronze and a total of 30 medals! This is despite Singapore's small size both geographical- and population-wise. But next year's Youth Olympic Games, also to be hosted by Singapore, will be a different kettle of fish altogether when the entire world's best will be competing!)


    Hip-hip hooray, Singapore!
    Majulah Singapura!
    Singapore Also Can!
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    Default Basil delivers at the end

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    Jul 07, 2009

    Bowler romps to victory in masters final to make up for Singapore girls' defeats

    By Ian De Cotta

    FIRST, he watched team-mate Darshini Krishna fall, then he had to see the country's star performer New Hui Fen falter in the stepladder final.

    Minutes later, as he prepared for the start of the bowling masters' final last night, Basil Low had to block it all out, along with the fact he was performing "live" on television for the first time.

    Gold was his target, the 17-year-old wanted to end Singapore's Asian Youth Games bowling campaign on a high.

    Backed by a vociferous crowd, Basil showed remarkable poise to demolish South Korea's Choi Kyung Hwan and strike gold at Orchid Country Club.

    He opened the first game with three strikes and then went on a rampage in the second with a nine bagger.

    It was all over by the ninth frame as 15-year-old Kyung Hwan's game collapsed with a split.

    Basil's two-game total of 501 pins was 68 more than Kyung Hwan's.

    "I definitely wanted to win after seeing Hui Fen lose the way she did. We wanted gold badly today and it fell upon me to deliver it," said Basil, after his win.

    "I was a little nervous at first, seeing all the television lights, but once I got going it was fine."

    South Korea drew first blood yesterday when Sim Ui Jin bundled out first Darshini, and then dispatched Hui Fen in the girls final. Ui Jin was steady as a rock as she took advantage of Hui Fen's shaky start to post 453 pinfalls for her two-game total.

    "I got up this morning and told myself that I could win the gold. But I was very nervous tonight seeing the television crews and throughout I was just praying that this could be my night," said the 17-year-old Korean.

    Hui Fen never looked like repeating the form she had earlier in the day when she scored the tournament's only perfect game on the way to booking her place in the final. Her two-game 350 pinfall total in the final was Hui Fen's worst performance at the Games.

    "All the lights and clicking of the photographers' cameras bothered me a bit, but I have to admit that Ui Jin was a much better player tonight and she deserved to win the gold," said the 17-year-old, who won the singles and doubles (with Darshini) last week.

    As for Basil, he was already looking forward to next year.

    "Tonight was a great win, but I am now looking forward to playing in the Asian Games next," he exclaimed.
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