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Singapore's only rower at the Myanmar SEA Games has won gold, pressing claims for the sport to be included in the 2015 edition. Saiyidah Aisyah's win is Singapore's first-ever individual SEA Games gold in the sport.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's only rower at the Myanmar SEA Games has won gold, boosting the case for the sport to be included in the 2015 edition in Singapore. Saiyidah Aisyah Mohamed Rafa'ee's win is Singapore's first-ever individual SEA Games gold in the sport.
The 25-year-old clocked 8:08.94s in the individual lightweight single sculls event.
Indonesia took the silver medal.
The gold is Aisyah's best achievement at any SEA Games. Aisyah previously picked up three bronze medals from previous games.
Rowing is currently not among the initial list of 30 sports planned for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
However up to eight more sports could be included in February, and the Peter Lim Scholarship recipient is hopeful that rowing will be one of them.
Aisyah said: "It was just an amazing feeling to know that you're the only rower there and your national anthem is being played right there and then. I guess that was what brought me to tears... It'll be such a waste if I can't row for my own country when it's on our home ground."