Paralympics: Yip Pin Xiu clinches Singapore’s 2nd gold medal

Paralympics: Yip Pin Xiu clinches Singapore’s 2nd gold medal

Para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu wins the nation's second gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after coming in first in the women's S2 50m backstroke final.

Yip Pin Xiu gold

SINGAPORE: Yip Pin Xiu has won Singapore’s second gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On Friday morning (Sep 16), the 24-year-old touched home first in the women’s S2 50m backstroke event in 1:00.33s, picking up a second gold medal at the Games.

Her time was half a second off the world record of 59.32s set six days ago enroute to winning the S2 100m final.

China’s Feng Yazhu, who won this event in the London Games four years ago, came second in 1:02.66s, with bronze going to Ukraine’s Iryna Sotska with 1:17.22s in a repeat of the 100m backstroke podium.

Singapore's leaders took to social media to congratulate Yip, hailing her "resilience and tenacity".

Yip is the first Singapore athlete to win multiple gold medals at the same Paralympics, as her win took the nation’s medal haul at the Games to three.

Teammate Theresa Goh won the bronze medal in the women’s SB4 100m breaststroke final.

Watch the live coverage and relive the winning moments of Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on okto or Toggle at toggle.sg/Paralympics.

Source: CNA/cy

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