Yip Pin Xiu wins her first Asian Para Games gold in Jakarta

Singapore’s Yip Pin Xiu winning gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games. She won her first Asian Para Games gold on 8 October, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Jason O’Brien)

Singapore’s para swimmer Yip Pin Xiu clinched her first gold at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta on Monday (8 October), winning the women’s 50m backstroke (S4) race in a season-best time of 1min 2.09sec. The 26-year-old’s previous season-best was 1:04.66.

The three-time Paralympics gold winner, who was born with muscular dystrophy, easily came out tops against second-placed Kazakhstan’s Gabidullina Zulfiya (1:17.72), while China’s Feng Yazhu was third with 1:22.33.

This is her first-ever Asian Para Games gold medal in her third appearance at the quadrennial Games, after coming up empty-handed in Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014.

Her gold is Singapore’s second of the Games, after para swimmer Toh Wei Soong won the 50m freestyle (S7) race on Sunday. Earlier on Monday, bowler Tan Swang Hee shared the bronze in the mixed singles TPB10 event with Thailand’s Phisitthanakul Raiwin.

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