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Swimmer Theresa Goh won Singapore's first gold medal at the 7th ASEAN Para Games with a timing of 59.15 seconds in the 50m breaststroke event, beating Myanmar's Aye Thu Au (1:28.14) and Vietnam's Thi Den (1:36.97).
SINGAPORE: Swimmer Theresa Goh won Singapore's first gold medal at the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar on Wednesday.
Theresa clocked 59.15 seconds in the women's SB4-50metres breaststroke event, beating Myanmar's Aye Thu Au (1:28.14) and Vietnam's Thi Den (1:36.97) to the gold.
Theresa said: "I wasn't focusing on the other competitors throughout the race. I was just concentrating on my own race and trying to get there the fastest I can, making sure that I am doing so with the best technique that I can.
"I really was blocking out everything and I didn’t know what was happening until I touched the finish. You can stand to overtake your own race and end up thinking too much, so it is just best to do your own race."
Congratulating Theresa on her win, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said: "I wish her and all our para-athletes the very best as they continue with the rest of the competition.
"Our para-athletes have to overcome great odds to compete at this level. Several are participating in the Para Games for the first time, and holding their own against the region’s best.
"Be it first time or veterans, all our athletes are putting in their best efforts to do Singapore proud. They are truly an inspiration to all of us!"
Later Wednesday, Lawrence Tay won Singapore's second gold medal in the pool. He came in first in the S14-100metres backstroke event in 1min 17.77sec.
Meanwhile Yip Pin Xiu settled for a silver medal in the women's S6-100metres backstroke after clocking 2min 09.07sec in the race.
Singapore footballers were also in fine form, beating Thailand 5-1 in the seven-a-side competition.