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Close finish but Toh Wei Soong misses out on a medal.

Sep 3, 2021 ,

Swimmer Toh Wei Soong missed out on a medal in the 50m butterfly S7 event by a mere 0.16s.

In a keenly contested final which was won by American Evan Austin in 28.98s, Paralympic debutante Toh finished in fourth spot after touching the wall in 29.50s.

Toh was pipped to the bronze medal by Colombia’s Carlos Serrano Zarate who touched the wall in 29.34s.

The silver was won by Ukraine’s Andrii Trusov in 29.03s.

While he missed out on a medal by a whisker, Toh did set a new national record for the event.

He said that the Paralympics experience has been great so far.

“Being able to shave off almost two seconds from my butterfly 50m is tremendous. 

“We’ve been working on a lot of things the past few years, and those things haven’t come to full potential yet, so there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. 

“I’m excited for the next few years because it means a lot more new experiences, a lot more new times, it’s going to be a great few years. 

“I’m excited to continue this journey.”

Singapore has won two gold medals in Tokyo 2020 through swimmer Yip Pin Xiu.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Singapore finished the competition with two gold medals, through Yip, and a bronze medal through swimmer Theresa Goh.

Main Photo: Sport Singapore

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