SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam led an outpouring of congratulations to para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on winning the nation’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games.
Posting on Facebook after the race, Mr Lee told the swimmer, who won the women’s S2 100m backstroke, that “you have made Singapore very proud today".
The 24-year-old Singaporean touched the wall in 2 minutes 7.09 seconds, ahead of China’s Feng Yazhu and Ukraine’s Iryna Sotska, who won silver and bronze, respectively.
"Congratulations to Yip Pin Xiu for her gold medal finish at the 100m backstroke S2 event at the #Rio2016 #Paralympics!," Mr Lee said.
"Her amazing achievement reminds us that with hard work, determination and grit, we can overcome the odds and come out on top."
Dr Tan also posted his congratulations to the swimmer on Facebook. “So happy that Yip Pin Xiu won another Gold at the Rio Paralympics Women's (S2) 100m backstroke! And she did it in a new world record time too. Well done, Pin Xiu! Singapore is so proud of you,” Dr Tan said.
“When I met Pin Xiu during her training in June, she was still very modest about her chances, but told me she will do her best. She certainly did her best today.
“I hope Pin Xiu's Gold will be only the first of many pieces of good news we will hear from Rio in the coming week,” he added.
Other Singapore leaders, as well as Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling, also took to Facebook to post their congratulations.