SINGAPORE: Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on Thursday (Sep 2) advanced to the final of the 50m backstroke S2 event at the Tokyo Paralympics, moving one step closer to defending the gold medal she won at the Rio Games.
Yip dominated her heat, finishing first in a time of 1:03.61 at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. She is the current world record holder in this event.
The 29-year-old goes into the final on Thursday evening as the top qualifier, almost six seconds ahead of Japan's Mikuyi Yamada.
Yip won gold in the 100m backstroke S2 a week ago, her fourth overall, dating back to the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
The former Nominated Member of Parliament is also a multiple medal winner at the World Championships and Asian Para Games.
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