Singapore’s Nur’Aini Mohamad Yasli made history for herself and for the country, becoming the nation’s first ever representative to compete in the sport of powerlifting at the Paralympic Games.
Nur’Aini successfully lifted 77kg on her second attempt and finished 6th out of 9 competitors.
The 29-year-old’s first attempt of 77kg, and her third attempt of 82kg were unsuccessful.
“Not getting the personal best is unfortunate, however, I’m still quite happy with what we achieved today as we displayed our technique properly during the competition,” she said.
“Overall, I am still satisfied with what we did.
“My coach and I showed that we could compete at this level andI hope to continue improving,” she said.
At the Tokyo Equestrian Park Setagaya, Maximillian Tan was Singapore’s first equestrian athlete to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Alongside his horse, Don’s Day Dream, Tan scored 61.588% to finish 11th out of 12 in the Dressage Individual Test – Grade II.
The three-time Paralympian will compete in the Team Test to Music together with teammates Laurentia Tan and Gemma Rose Foo.
As Tan finished outside of the top eight places for the Dressage Individual Test – Grade II, he did not qualify for the Individual Freestyle Test Grade II, to take place on Monday, 30 August.
“I am happy with how Dreamy, my horse, has performed,” he said.
“I am also thankful that she came out of retirement to join me for this Games.
“But of course, I would have liked to have done better for sure.
“I am just glad to be able to be here and riding amongst the best during this difficult time.
“I am glad my horse is as willing as her age can be and thus I will do my best and together we hope to contribute to the team score,” he said.
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