SINGAPORE: Saiyidah Aisyah on Monday (April 25) became the first-ever Singaporean rower to qualify for the Olympics.
The 28-year-old finished first in Final B and seventh overall in the women's single sculls event at the Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta held in Chung-ju, South Korea.
Only the top seven qualify for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These currently comprise all six rowers in Final A - from Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Taipei, Vietnam - and the winner of Final B, Saiyidah.
Saiyidah, a 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion and 2015 SEA Games double bronze medallist, won her tightly-contested race in a time of 7min 53.13s, ahead of Thailand's Phuttharaksa Neegree (7:54.22) and Qatar's Tala Aladin Abujbara (7:55.66).
"I'm extremely tired but it's been worth every bit," a breathless Saiyidah told Channel NewsAsia moments after her event.