Singapore wushu athletes won its first silver medal and added another bronze at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar on Sunday morning.
It was the city-state’s wushu athletes who won the medals at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, with Tan Yan Ni taking the silver in her changquan event and the men’s duilian pair of Lee Tze Yuan and Yong Yi Xiang taking the bronze after narrowly missing out on a silver.
Tan, age 17, was making her first SEA Games appearance, and said she was lucky to achieve her second-place score of 9.60 as she went to the competition “not expecting much”.
She suffered a minor ankle sprain two day ago, but pulled off her jumps and landings to perfection for her first major medal.
Wushu athletes Lee Tze Yuan and Yong Yi Xiang’s score of 9.47 in the men’s duilian (barehand) was just 0.01 point off the silver medal score won by Malaysia, according to reports.
At the Zayar Thiri complex further north, Singapore’s basketball men lost to Thailand by a final score of 69-59.
The Singaporeans met the Thais a few hours later in water polo, with the Lion City winning a hard-fought 8-5 game, thus continuing their regional dominance in the sport.
Team manager Samuel Wong said on Facebook that “the Thais displayed great resistance, denying Singapore countless attacks”.
He added, “The (Singapore wushu athletes ) team never looked right from the start… A salute to the Thais for a brilliant game”.