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With the SEA games heading towards its close, many of Team Singapore's athletes have been finding their way back home. Athletes from five sports were the latest to return late Wednesday night.
SINGAPORE: With the SEA games heading towards its close, many of Team Singapore's athletes have been finding their way back home.
Athletes from five sports were the latest to return late Wednesday night.
Despite the late hour, there was a welcoming party of about 80 awaiting the athletes at the airport.
Forty-six athletes from swimming, boxing, basketball, archery and rowing were part of the returning contingent.
Among them was Joseph Schooling who, with five gold medals, is looking at upping his game for the 2015 SEA Games.
A few surprise winners were also getting some well-deserved attention, like rower Saiyidah Aisyah, who beat the odds to come back with an unexpected gold in the 2,000m women's lightweight single sculls race.
Saiyidah Aisyah said: "It has been magical since I won the gold medal, and I feel very proud to be representing my country to be the only rower in Myanmar and winning the gold medal. It has been an amazing journey."
Archer Chan Jing Ru, who also returned with a surprise win, ended a 30-year wait after clinching gold in the women's recurve individual event.
Chan said: "I'm just this one person who opens a path and let people realise that there is a potential in archery in Singapore. So I just hope this will definitely help to improve the situation of archery as a competing sport."