KUALA LUMPUR: Synchronised swimmer Debbie Soh on Thursday (Aug 17) won Singapore's first gold medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia.
The 19-year-old scored a total of 75.0000 (22.3000 for execution, 30.0000 for artistic impression, 22.7000 for difficulty) to top the eight-strong field at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Malaysian Lee Yhing Huey clinched silver in 74.7000, while Singapore's Miya Yong won bronze in 73.0333.
Soh also bagged a silver medal at the solo technical event on Thursday evening with a score of 73.8253, closely behind Malaysian gold medallist Gan Hua Wei's 73.8386 score.
Yong, 17, picked up her second bronze medal with a score of 72.3769.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, Soh said the medals gave the young team a "feeling of achievement as (their) hard work finally paid off".
"Even though we're really happy to win the first gold medal for Singapore, we should also remember to thank the people who have been helping us, like our coaches," she added.