Singaporean Muhammad Nur Ariq Bin Yaakub lowered his own national record as he finished fourth with a time of 54.76s in the Men’s U20 T20 400m final.
Ariq’s previous personal best was 55.47s achieved at the National Championships in 2018.
“The race was a bit tiring.
“Although it was cold, I adapted well to the weather.
“I was a little bit nervous and coming into the last 50m, I slowed down a little.
“I tried my best and I am very happy to have set a new national record and I want to go even faster in future,” he said.
Team Singapore’s flag bearer Aloysius Gan (photo below) bounced back from a narrow defeat on day one of competition and won his two pool matches in style, beating Mishra Raghav of India 6-1, and overcame Sith Runglertkriangkrai of Thailand 17-0.
Gan’s victories ensured that he secured his place in the semi-final against Thongchai Dokbua of Thailand on 4 December.
“Yesterday’s first match gave me confidence and I knew that if I stick to my game plan, I can perform well.
“The strategies that I practiced in training with my father, have paid off.
“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s semi-final and hope to make Singapore proud,” he said.
It was a full day of action for Team Singapore with ten youth para athletes in action.
Swimmer Darren Chan (photo below) posted two personal bests in two events, as he clocked 1:02.51 in the Men’s 12-18 100M Freestyle – S14, and touched home in 1:08.18 in the Men’s 12-18 100M Butterfly – S14.
He finished 4th out of five swimmers for his age group 17-18.
Over in the Women’s 12-18 100M Freestyle – S14, Swimmer Kate Tan also achieved a new personal best in the finishing in 2:16.20, while compatriot Robby Yeo clocked a time of 1:58.91.
Janelle Tong (photo below) competed in the Women’s 12-15 400M Freestyle – S10 and earned a time of 7:15.90.
Boccia athlete Yan Jia Yi was also in action in her first-ever international competition, but lost to her Thai opponent, Ladamanee Kla-han 6-1, and was defeated by Iranian Fatemeh Kheyrkhaha 8-2.
Photos: Singapore National Paralympic Council
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