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Asean Para Games: Swimmer Theresa Goh wins Singapore's first gold medal

Published on Jan 15, 2014 7:22 PM
 
Swimmer Theresa Goh (left) with Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong. Goh claimed Singapore's first gold medal at the Asean Para Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, after a stunning performance in the women's 50m breaststroke (SB4). -- PHOTO: MCCY

Swimmer Theresa Goh claimed Singapore's first gold medal at the Asean Para Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, after a stunning performance in the women's 50m breaststroke (SB4 - on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 referring to the most severe wheelchair-bound athletes).

The 26-year-old took top spot in 59.15sec at the Wunna Theikdi swimming pool on Wednesday. Her time was nearly 30sec quicker than second-placed Aye Thu Au (1:28:14) of Myanmar, while Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Den took the bronze (1:36.97).

Said Goh: "I wasn't focusing on the other competitors throughout the race. I was just concentrating on my own race and trying to get there the fastest I can.

"I blocked out everything. I didn't know what was happening until I touched the finish wall. You can end up thinking too much, so it is just best to do your own race."

 
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