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'Solid result' for Singapore at Commonwealth Games: Lawrence Wong

The Culture, Community and Youth Minister says Singapore had several breakthroughs with first medals in various sports, and that its athletes showed "tremendous grit, resilience and fighting spirit".

SINGAPORE: Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong says he is very proud of how Team Singapore has performed at the Commonwealth Games, which wrapped on Sunday (Aug 3). Singapore had a "solid result" of eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals, he said in a Facebook post.

He noted that Singapore had several breakthroughs - garnering first medals in swimming (Joseph Schooling), men's artistic gymnastics (Hoe Wah Toon) as well as for men's badminton's doubles (Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart) and singles (Derek Wong). Many athletes recorded personal bests and braved tough competition to clinch medals, such as Teo Shun Xie's gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event.

"Beyond the medal achievements, I was most impressed by the way our athletes competed. They showed tremendous grit, resilience and fighting spirit," Mr Wong wrote.

He gave special mention to swimming sensation Joseph Schooling and shooter Jasmine Ser. "Joseph didn't do so well in his 200m event, but he bounced back to break the national record and get silver in the 100m fly. Jasmine Ser initially failed to get a medal in her pet event, but shot her way to a gold medal later at the 50m rifle 3 positions event."

Mr Wong promised that his ministry would continue to build up Singapore's high-performance sport system and provide maximum support for athletes.