Saturday, November 13, 2010

Asian Games: Tao Li clinches Singapore's first medal

SINGAPORE: Tao Li won Singapore's first medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, taking the silver in the women's 100-metre butterfly final on the first day of competition on Saturday.

Tao Li, Singapore's top female swimmer, won bronze in the same event in Doha four years ago and was all geared up to better that this time round.

She came close but was beaten to gold by China's Jiao Liuyang who clocked 57.76 seconds.

Tao Li clocked 58.24 seconds to settle for silver.

Japan's Yuka Kato finished in 58.46 to take the bronze medal.

China's Zhu Qianwei earlier won the first gold medal at the swimming pool in the women's 200-metre freestyle final in a time of 1:56.65.

Compatriot Tang Yi was second in 1:57.08 with Japan's Hanae Ito taking bronze after touching in 1:58.24.

Singapore's Quah Ting Wen finished 6th in a time of 2 minutes 03.73 seconds, some 4 seconds off her personal best.

China also won the women's 4x100m medley relay, ahead of Japan and Hong Kong.

China won in a time of 3 minutes 57.80 seconds, less than half a second ahead of Japan as the crowd roared Tang Yi down the final length. Other team members were Zhao Jing, Chen Hui Jia and Jiao Liuyang, who took her second gold.

Singapore's quartet of Shana Lim, Samantha Yeo, Tao Li and Quah Ting Wen came in 5th in a time of 4 minutes 15.14 seconds.

In the men's 400 metres individual medley, Japan's Yuya Horihata claimed the gold in a thrilling battle with China's Huang Chaosheng.

Horihata claimed Japan's first swimming gold in a time of 4:13.35, just 0.03 seconds ahead of Huang, with Ken Takakuwa of Japan taking bronze in 4:16.42.

In table tennis, Singapore's women's team opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Maldives.

Paddlers Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei all made quick work of their opponents, winning in straight games.

The women paddlers also won their second group match of the day after beating India 3-0.

With the win, Singapore will sit atop Group B with four points. 

The team will face Laos in the final group match on Sunday.

Singapore's men's paddlers also opened with a 3-0 victory, brushing aside Mongolia.

But they fell 0-3 to South Korea in their second group match. The trio of Gao Ning, Ma Liang and Yang Zi all lost their matches.

The result leaves Singapore second in the group on 3 points.

In shooting, Singapore's Jasmine Ser came within one point of qualifying for the final in the women's 10-metre air rifle event.

The 20-year-old, who is nursing a flu, managed 396 points to finish ninth.

Her teammates Cheng Jian Huan ranked 42nd while Goh Jia Yi was 45th.

In the men's 50-metre air pistol event, Poh Lip Meng ranked 12th with 553 points, while Nigel Lim was 25th.

Gai Bin, meanwhile, finished 27th.

In the men's 10-metre air rifle event, Ong Jun Hong became Singapore's top performer, after finishing 11th with 591 points.

Zhang Jin finished in 25th place ahead of Jonathan Koh in 26th.

Overall, Singapore's shooters missed out on medals in six events on the first day's programme. 

- CNA/ir

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