Asian Games Wrapup: Just How Did Team Singapore Do This Time?

By Kristel Oh

 

With 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze medals finishing as the 15th Asian nation and third Southeast Asian nation, lets just say Team Singapore's performance at the Asiad wasn't too shabby. Oh yes, don't forget the 2 Asian Games records, 3 national records, 13 personal bests together with renewed hope of an Olympic Gold Medal from Joseph Schooling,  the future for Singapore certainly looks bright.

 

Win or lose, medal or no medal, the 223 athletes who represented us at the Asian Games definitely did us proud.

 

The bowling, fencing, sailing, shooting, swimming and table tennis teams recorded breakthrough performances in Incheon achieving many firsts for their sports.

 

Team Singapore athletes, Jasmine Ser and Joseph Schooling, broke two Asian Games records in the women’s individual 50m rifle 3 positions and the men’s swimming 100m butterfly events respectively.

 

Unfortunately, Jasmine who broke the Asian Games record in qualifying was not able to carry forward her fine form in the Finals and finished a heartbreaking 4th.

 

Joseph Schooling won the first men’s gold medal for swimming in 32 years when he set an Asian record in the 100m butterfly event. His top form also earned him a silver medal in the 50m butterfly event and a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly event.

 

Fencer Lim Wei Wen won Singapore’s first ever first medal in fencing with a bronze in the men’s individual Epee event. The 29-year-old notched a 15-11 victory over Hong Kong in the quarterfinal to earn a spot in the top four, eventually losing to Asian Games champion and Olympic bronze medallist Jung Jin-sun (KOR) in the semi-final.

 

It was smooth sailing at Wangsan Marina for the 17-strong sailing team. Jodie Lai, at 13 years of age, became Singapore’s youngest ever gold medallist at the Asian Games, winning the women’s Optimist one person dinghy sailing event. Her team mate 12-year-old Raynn Kwok, who won a silver medal in the men’s Optimist event, clocked another record as the youngest medallist for Singapore. Singapore finished joint-second with China with three gold medals each behind South Korea’s haul of four gold medals, emerging as the top Southeast nation in sailing at the Asian Games. 

 

In bowling, the women’s team success in the Women Team of 5 event marked the first time ever Singapore has emerged top in this team event. Jazreel Tan’s four-medal haul (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) has placed her among the most bemedalled athletes at a single Asian Games in recent history and this Games most bemedalled athlete.

 

Team Singapore paddlers made their first foray into the semi-final of the men’s doubles event when Gao Ning and Li Hu advanced into the top four to win a bronze medal as there is no third-place play-off for losing semi-finalists in this competition. The women’s team won additional two bronze medals in the women’s team and women’s single events.

 

Team Singapore's performance this Asiad is a sign that greater things are to come for this little red dot. Many sports achieved breakthroughs this time round as compared to the 2010 Guangzhou edition with Fencing, Sepak Takraw and Wushu, Shooting contributing to the medal tally alongside the other traditionally strong sports in Sailing, Bowling, Table Tennis & Swimming.

 

The competition field in Asia in many sports is world-class and to improve our position from 16th -15th in the medal table this time round is testaent to improving standards of our athletes. This bodes well for the future of Team Singapore as we strive for Olympic success and for our athletes to perform at their best in front of the home crowd next year at the 2015 SEA Games.

 

Total medal tally: 24 medals (5 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze medals)

Overall medal standings - http://www.incheon2014.kr/Sports/Medals/MenuMedalStanding?lang=en

Medal summary

No.

Name

Sport

Event

Medal

1

Joseph Schooling

Swimming

100m men’s butterfly

Gold (Asian Games Record – 51.76)

 

2

Jodie Lai

Sailing

Optimist women’s one person dinghy

Gold

 

3

Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew

Sailing

420 women’s two person dinghy

Gold

 

4

Maximilian Soh

Justin Wong

Andrew Paul Chan

Russell Kan

Christopher Lim

Sailing

J80 keelboat match racing

Gold

5

New Hui Fen

Shayna Ng

Cherie Tan

Daphne Tan

Jazreel Tan

Joey Yeo

Bowling

Women’s team of 5

Gold

 

6

Joseph Schooling

Swimming

50m men’s butterfly

Silver

 

7

Tao Li

Swimming

50m women’s butterfly

Silver

8

Jazreel Tan

Bowling

Women’s singles

Silver

9

Cherie Tan

Jazreel Tan

New Hui Fen

Bowling

Women’s trios

Silver

10

Priscilla Low and Cecilia Low

Sailing

29er women’s two person dinghy

Silver

11

Raynn Kwok

Sailing

Optimist men’s one person dinghy

Silver

12

Lim Wei Wen

Fencing

Men’s individual Epee

Bronze

 

13

Muhammad Farhan Bin Amran and

Muhammad Hafiz Nor Izambin Jaafar

Sepak Takraw

Men’s doubles

Bronze

14

Tao Li

Swimming

100m women’s butterfly

Bronze

15

Joseph Schooling

Swimming

200m men’s butterfly

Bronze

16

Gai Bin

Shooting

25m centre fire pistol men’s

Bronze

17

Gai Bin

Poh Lip Meng

Nigel Lim Swee Hon

Shooting

25m standard pistol men’s team

Bronze

18

Colin Cheng

Sailing

Laser men’s one person dinghy

Bronze

19

Loh Jiayi and Jonathan Yeo

Sailing

420 men’s two person dinghy

Bronze

20

Tan Yan Ni

Wushu

Women’s Changquan

Bronze

21

Jazreel Tan

Bowling

Women’s all events

Bronze

22

Feng Tianwei

Isabelle Li

Lin Ye

Yu Mengyu

Zhou Yihan

Table Tennis

Women’s team

Bronze

23

Feng Tianwei

Table Tennis

Women’s singles

Bronze

24

Gao Ning and Li Hu

Table Tennis

Men’s doubles

Bronze

 

A total of 8 sports contributed to the Team Singapore medal tally:

 

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Bowling

1

2

1

4

Fencing

0

0

1

1

Sailing

3

2

2

7

Sepak Takraw

0

0

1

1

Shooting

0

0

2

2

Swimming

1

2

2

5

Table Tennis

0

0

3

3

Wushu

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

5

6

13

24

 


National records and personal bests

 

National records

 

No.

Sport

Event

Athlete

New record

1

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle Prone

Li Yafei Sally

619.2 (score)

2

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position

Jasmine Ser

590 (score)

3

Swimming

Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

Danny Yeo

Pang Sheng Jun

Teo Zhen Ren

Clement Lim

7:25.46 (timing)

 

Personal bests

 

No.

Sport

Event

Athlete

Personal best

1

Shooting

Men’s 50m Air Pistol

Lim Swee Hon

559-15x (score)

2

Shooting

Men’s 10m Air Pistol

Poh Lip Meng

572 (=PB) (score)

3

Shooting

Women’s 10m Air Rifle

Jasmine Ser

415.9 (=PB) (score)

4

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle Prone

Yi Lafei Sally

619.2 (score)

5

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle Prone

Jasmine Ser

617.9 (score)

6

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position

Jasmine Ser

590 (score)

7

Shooting

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position

Yi Lafei Sally

576 (score)

8

Swimming

Men’s 200m Freestyle

Danny Yeo

1:49.90 (timing)

9

Swimming

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle (lead leg)

Danny Yeo

1:49.69 (timing)

10

Swimming

Men’s 100m Freestyle

Clement Lim

50.61 (timing)

11

Swimming

Women’s 400m Freestyle

Rachel Tseng

4:21.39 (timing)

12

Swimming

Women’s 50m Freestyle

Nur Marina Chan

25.91 (timing)

13

Athletics

Men’s 200m

Lee Cheng Wei

21.57 (timing)

 

 

Written by Kristel Oh

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