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Swimming: S'pore makes stunning splash at world champs

Swimming: S'pore makes stunning splash at world champs

By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY
Posted: 20 July 2011 0720 hrs


SINGAPORE: In the biggest success yet for synchronised swimming in the country, the Singapore team qualified for the final of the free combination event at the 14th FINA World Championships on Tuesday in Shanghai.


A member of Singapore's synchronised swimming team competes in the preliminary round of the free combination sychronised swimming competition in the FINA World Championships.(AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON)

The team of 10 Singapore women, who chalked up 70.400 points to pip Thailand and make the top 12, will meet in the final on Thursday. Speaking to Today from the Chinese city, Mr Dexter Kang, Singapore Swimming Association's general manager, said: "This is the best performance as we have not won anything internationally. We have won some medals at age-group level, but not in the Open category.

"We have already nominated the team for two events at the SEA Games ... We hope this result will help the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) in their selection."

The SNOC will meet on Friday to pick the athletes and teams for this year's SEA Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11 to 22.

Malaysia, which is absent from the world championships, is the favourite for the gold, with Singapore now possibly set for a silver medal, although the Thais will be out for revenge.

Besides Thailand (69.700 points), SEA Games host Indonesia was also in the 15-team field, scoring 65.780 points.

Mr Kang said of his team: "The girls are all very happy and excited to be in the final. The goal is to improve on their points and scores, and use this opportunity to prepare for the SEA Games."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...141895/1/.html

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S'pore synchronised swimming team finishes 12th in World Championships

S'pore synchronised swimming team finishes 12th in World Championships

By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY
Posted: 22 July 2011 0701 hrs


SINGAPORE: They became the first Singapore team to qualify for the free combination final of the synchronised swimming programme at a world championship on Wednesday, and their target on Thursday was to pip Macau for 11th spot.

But it was not to be, as the Singapore girls had to settle for 12th place in the final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai yesterday, losing to Macau (70.620) by just 0.370.

Powerhouses Russia took the gold medal with a score of 98.470, with China (96.360) and Canada (96.150) clinching the silver and bronze, respectively.

Despite the disappointment, Singapore Swimming Association's general manager Dexter Kang felt the girls did well overall.

In a phone interview from Shanghai last night, he told Today: "We were hoping to beat Macau because they finished just one point ahead of us in the preliminaries.

"Yes, the girls are disappointed as no one goes into a final aiming to be last.

"But they did very well in their routine, gave their all and were just very excited to be competing in the final."

The free combination final was the last event for the Singapore synchronised swimming team at the world championship.

They were eliminated in the team free preliminary round after finishing 22nd out of 24 teams.

With the Singapore National Olympic Council meeting late this afternoon to decide on the Republic's contingent for this year's South-east Asian (SEA) Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11 to 22, the team are hoping they have done enough to convince the selectors they deserve a shot.

Malaysia, who skipped the world championship, are the favourites for the SEA Games gold, with Singapore now possibly in the running for a silver medal.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...142338/1/.html

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