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Tokyo Paralympics: Singapore's Sophie Soon finishes 4th in women's 100m breaststroke SB12 final

Tokyo Paralympics: Singapore's Sophie Soon finishes 4th in women's 100m breaststroke SB12 final

Sophie Soon clocked a time of 1:29.52 to finish fourth in the Women’s 100m breaststroke SB12 at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sep 1, 2021. (Photo: Sport Singapore)

SINGAPORE: Singapore swimmer Sophie Soon finished fourth in the women's 100m breaststroke SB12 final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday (Sep 1), narrowly missing out on a medal.

Soon, who was making her debut at the Paralympics, finished with a time of 1:29.52 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Maria Carolina Gomes Santiago of Brazil took the gold with a time of 1:14.89, seconds ahead of the Russian Paralympic Committee's Daria Lukianenko in 1:17.55. Yaryna Matlo of Ukraine took the bronze in 1:20.31. 

Soon said that she was "very happy" with the outcome of her Paralympic debut.

"I am overall very happy even though it's not a personal best or season best," Soon told reporters after the event.

"What makes me happier was that there was a Singaporean crowd cheering me on. I could hear them cheering and screaming and I could hear how happy and excited they were after the race ended. I'm really happy to have done them proud," she said.

The event marks the end of Soon's Tokyo Paralympics 2020 campaign.

Soon competed in the Women's 100m Butterfly S13 Heats last Wednesday, finishing 18th overall.

She said she will be taking a short break after the Paralympics.

"I'll be taking a short break, but not too long. I want to get back and set new personal bests for my next season, especially for next year's Asian Para Games in Hangzhou and the world championships. I'll definitely be pushing on for these competitions."

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Source: CNA/lk

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