Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Asian Games: Singapore's canoe-kayak paddlers reach final

Geraldine Lee

GUANGZHOU: Singapore enjoyed a good day at the Guangzhou International Rowing Centre in the canoe-kayak competition.

Geraldine Lee won her K1, 500-metre semi-final on Tuesday afternoon in a time of 2 minutes, 1.351 seconds to go through to Friday's final.

Earlier, Irene Chua also earned her place in the final of the K1 200-metre event, after coming third in her semi-final.

Both Lee and Chua clocked faster times than their efforts yesterday in the heats.

Both finals, which take place on Friday morning, will feature nine paddlers in each final.

The Republic's K2, 500-metre crew of Stephanie Chen and Suzanne Seah also made it to the final after coming in second in their semi-final in 1 minute 551.84 seconds to qualify along with Iran and North Korea.

Their final on Friday will wrap up the canoe-kayak competition at these Asian Games.

At the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre, Singapore's Lee Yee raised hopes for Singapore shooting team who's hoping not to exit the competition empty-handed.

Lee is lying fourth with 48 points after Day 1 of the skeet competition.

He is just one point behind leader Vladislav Mukhamediyev of Kazakhstan, with China's Tang Shuai in second, also on 49 points.

The shooters will have three more details of 25 shots each on Day 2 of the competition.

Singapore is currently eighth in the team competition, after David Chan shot 41 while Eugene Chiew collected 38 kills.

Both are down the order in individual standings.

In bowling, Singapore's Shayna Ng is third after the first block of eight matches on Tuesday afternoon in the Women's Masters event.

The 21-year-old won four of her eight matches for a total of 1,783 pinfalls, 80 pins adrift of leader Hwang Sung-ok of South Korea and five short of Malaysia's Esther Cheah in second place.

Meanwhile, Cherie Tan is in 10th place, picking up two wins along the way. Tan also had a remarkable draw with leader Hwang in her sixth match when both bowlers scored 225.

In the men's Masters, Jason Yeong-Nathan is in 10th position after picking up two wins from his eight matches on Tuesday morning.

Thailand's Yannaphon Larp-Apharat picked up seven wins to lead from Biboy Rivera of the Philippines.

South Korea's Choi Bok Eum is currently third with top qualifier Alex Liew of Malaysia a lowly ninth.

Wednesday's Block 2 will feature another eight matches for the bowlers with the top three for both men and women to go through to the stepladder finals to determine the medallists.

In waterpolo, Singapore was blown out of the pool by Japan in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The 23-time SEA Games champions lost 3-25 and was outscored in every quarter despite scoring the opening goal.

In fact, Singapore failed to score in the second half when Japan piled on 15 goals.

The Republic now move on to the classification matches to determine their final position in this competition.

In Rugby 7s action, Singapore have finished sixth in the women's competition after a 0-31 loss to Japan on Tuesday.

Japan led 17-0 at halftime and did not let up in the second half, scoring another 14 points, and effectively outscoring Singapore five tries to none.

The Republic won through to the 5th/6th-placing match after a morale-boosting 31-5 win over South Korea at noon.

On Tuesday morning, Singapore went down 5-27 to Thailand in the quarter-finals, a result that took them out of the running for the medals.

The Thais have gone on to lose 14-22 to Kazakhstan, who will meet favourites China in the gold medal match at 5.45pm on Wednesday.

In cycling, Singapore's Dinah Chan finished 18th in the women's Individual Road Race.

Chan completed the 100km race in 2 hours 47 minutes and 50.6 seconds, some four minutes adrift of gold medallist Hsiao Mei-yu of Chinese Taipei.

Silver went to Indonesia's Santia Tri Kusuma with China's Zhao Na taking bronze.

- CNA/fa

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