• Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

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Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu wins her fifth Paralympic gold medal.

Sep 2, 2021

Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu has won her second gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in the S2 backstroke final, and ensures that the Majulah Singapura will be played again at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. 

The defending champion in the event from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she finished the race in 1:02.04sec.

Japan’s Miyuki Yamada came in second in 1:06.98 while China’s Feng Yazhu took the bronze medal in 1:11.55.

She had already secured a gold in the 100m backstroke S2 on 25 August.

This will be the former Nominated Member of Parliament’s fifth gold medal at the Paralympics, having won one in 2008, and a double at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

“This year is a bit different in a sense that it was a five-year cycle, and the past two years have been so uncertain,” she said after the medal ceremony.

“I am really grateful that the Games happened and very grateful that I am sitting here at the end of the day with two gold medals. 

“To me it feels very special because we’ve learnt to adapt in the face of uncertainty and I think with the entire Singapore cheering me on, it’s been really amazing.”

Yip’s time of 1:02.04s was also a season’s best for the 29-year-old.

Photos: Sport Singapore

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