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Old 13th September 2008, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu clinches Singapore's first silver at Paralympics

Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu clinches Singapore's first silver at Paralympics
Posted: 13 September 2008 2007 hrs


SINGAPORE: Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu has won a silver medal - the country's first at the Paralympics - in the women's 50-metre freestyle in Beijing.


Yip Pin Xiu (Pic credit: Singapore Sport Council)

She came in at 57.43 seconds.

Despite not coming in first in the finals, she maintains the new world and paralympic record she set in the heats earlier Saturday, with a timing of 57.04 seconds.

Mexico's Patricia Valle, who won the gold, managed a close 57.05 seconds in the finals.

Singapore already has two bronze medals in the Paralympics. They were won by riding ace Laurentia Tan in the equestrian events.

- CNA/ir

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...375683/1/.html

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WOOOo!, GOOD JOB HAHAS!, damn lucky she, her world record almost got beaten down!

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WE ARE PROUD OF HER!! . all the best for her last event..

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Beijing Paralympics: Singapore swimmer Yip clinches gold in 50m backstroke
By Ryan Huang, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 15 September 2008 1838 hrs


SINGAPORE: Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu has won the first gold medal for Singapore at the Beijing Paralympics in the 50-metre backstroke finals.

She clocked 58.75 seconds, way ahead of Britain's Fran Williamson who clinched the silver in 1:06.07.

Yip broke her own world record during the heats earlier Monday. She clocked a new world and Paralympic record time of 57.92 seconds.

Fran Williamson was second with a time of one minute 6.75 seconds.

Yip on Saturday clinched Singapore's first silver at the Paralympics, in the women's 50-metre freestyle finals. Despite not coming in first in the finals, she maintains the new world and paralympic record she set in the heats earlier on Saturday, with a timing of 57.04 seconds.

Yip will be awarded S$100,000 under the Athletes Achievement Award (AAA) set up by the Singapore National Paralympic Council.

But fellow swimmer Theresa Goh finished empty-handed at the Paralympics.

She failed to qualify for the 50-metre freestyle, coming in last in the heats.

Singapore has won four medals in the Beijing Paralympics. Rider Laurentia Tan aced two bronze medals in equestrian.

The Paralympics ends on Wednesday.

BRAVO ! BRAVO !

What our normal athletes cannot achieve at 2008 Beijing Olympic,our local gal did it in the pools.
first GOLD Medal.
Those normal athletes have so much resources and fund,yet cannot get the elusive GOLD Medal.
Our local gal - Yin Pin Xiu achieves it.
Let see what our government going to do about it.

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fantastic la... 1 gold 1 silver 2 bronze... wooHoo! world record somemore..

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Paralympics: Swimmer Pin Xiu is Singapore’s golden girl

BEIJING: She was nursing a sore throat, but the only thing Yip Pin Xiu wanted to do just before she launched herself into the water at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing on Monday was to empty her mind.

Coach Ang Peng Siong was familiar with his swimmer’s routine and kept his instructions to a minimum.

The strategy paid off spectacularly as the 16—year—old became the first Singapore athlete to win gold at the Paralympic Games when she touched home first in the 50m backstroke (S3).

Pin Xiu, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, touched the wall first in 58.75 seconds, finishing a whopping 7.32 seconds faster than silver medallist Fran Williamson of Great Britain (1:06.07), with Xia Jiangbo of China coming in third (1:07.97).

The Singapore star was clearly primed for gold, after breaking her own world record in the morning heats with a time of 57.92 seconds, bettering her previous mark of 1:00.80 set at the US Paralympic Games in April.

Pin Xiu’s stunning achievement ensured the strains of Majulah Singapura were heard for the first time at the Paralympics or Olympic Games.

In a phone interview on Monday night, the Secondary 4 student at Bendemeer Secondary School said: "I didn’t think of anything during my race, because I swim better when my mind is a blank.

"Even Uncle Siong (coach Ang) knows this and didn’t really give me too many instructions. He let me swim my race.

"I just went out there and swam."

Pin Xiu’s feat comes a month to the day after the Singapore women’s table tennis team bagged the country’s first Olympic medal in 48 years, when they beat South Korea in the semi—finals in Beijing.

And on Monday — Sept 15 — Singapore won its first—ever Paralympic Games gold medal.

It is her second medal of the 13th Paralympic Games, following her silver in the 50m freestyle (S3) on Saturday.

The teenager was grateful for all the help from the Singapore Disability Sports Council and the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC), and reserved special praise for coach Ang, team—mate Theresa Goh, and her parents, dad Yip Chee Khiong and mum Margaret Chong.

Pin Xiu and Goh had taken Sunday afternoon off to go to Beijing’s Silk Street with coach Ang to get her mind off swimming.

"A lot of athletes tend to do better when they’re relaxed, that was why we took them out to get their minds off swimming for a while," said Ang, 45, a two—time Olympian.

"The entire Team Singapore delegation, including the doctors, physiotherapists and sports psychologists, all did a good job in keeping the mood light—hearted.

"Pin Xiu tends to do better in a relaxed environment."

Pin Xiu’s parents didn’t talk to their daughter before the race for fear of piling the pressure on her.

"We saw her a few days ago and she said she wanted a gold medal," said Margaret, a senior officer at Singapore Airlines.

"But we didn’t say anything more because we didn’t want to put undue pressure on her. We’re so happy that she has fulfilled her dream."

While the Games end on Wednesday, Singapore’s six athletes have completed all their events and will return home on Thursday with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, through equestrian dressage rider Laurentia Tan.

Under the SNPC’s Athlete Achievement Awards scheme, Pin Xiu will receive $100,000 for her gold medal, while Tan, 29, will win $25,000. — TODAY

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/cna/2008091...g-36f0faa.html

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wah ! swimming wor ! gratz !!

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win gold at paralympic $100 000, win silver at olympic, $750 000... the former is a young girl with disability who battles all odds and win a gold medal for herself, her family and her country. The latter is a foreign import who is totally healthy and is here in singapore because of the citizenship, the salary and the chance to enter olympics, more than less, for herself. i am too stupid to see the reason behind this.

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Congrats !!!


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She deserves a hero's welcome when she is back in Singapore.

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Proud of her man, local talent and great determination.
So much better than the silver ppl.

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Yeah, big cheer for her

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