S'pore paddlers beat Thais for two golds

CHAMPS: Zhou Yihan (right), Lin Ye (left) and Yu Mengyu of Singapore swept aside their opponents 3-0 in the women's table-tennis event. Zhan Jian, Li Hu and Feng Chen of the men's team prevailed by the same margin.


    Dec 20, 2013

    S'pore paddlers beat Thais for two golds


    SINGAPORE'S paddlers produced a dominant performance to clinch SEA Games golds in both the men's and women's team events yesterday.

    Comprising Zhan Jian, Li Hu and Feng Chen, the men's team swept aside Thailand 3-0 in the final. It was a similar story in the women's event, with Yu Mengyu, Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan proving too strong for their Thai opposition and prevailing by the same margin.

    "It was not as easy as it seemed," said Singapore Table Tennis Association president Lee Bee Wah, who was cheering for the teams at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium. "Other Asean countries are making lots of improvement. While we are happy with the golds, we cannot be complacent and not make progress ourselves."

    The individual events will begin today, with Zhan, Clarence Chew, Yu and Isabelle Li set to see action.

    Over in diving, Mark Lee won a silver in the men's 3m springboard event - Singapore's first diving medal in nearly three decades.

    In athletics, Zhang Guirong picked up a silver for Singapore in the women's discus event with a 42.24m throw. Fellow Singaporean Du Xianhui won bronze with a distance of 41.02m.