Paralympics: '17 years of training and perseverance... Nobody knows our journey like us', Yip Pin Xiu tells Theresa Goh

Para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh sobbing in joy after the latter's bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 event.
Para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh sobbing in joy after the latter's bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 event. PHOTO: YIP PIN XIU/INSTAGRAM

Paralympian Theresa Goh, fresh from winning a bronze medal, has her face buried in teammate Yip Pin Xiu's shoulder.

Both are sobbing in joy at Goh's first win from four Paralympic Games - she has been competing since 2004.

The photo shared on Yip's Instagram captured succinctly the rapture, pride and struggle of the 29-year-old Paralympian.

"You are now a Paralympic medallist after 17 years of training and perseverance. Nobody knows our journey like us and I am so incredibly proud of you," said her close friend Yip, who won a gold in the 100m backstroke S2 event on Friday. Yip will compete in her second event, the 50m backstroke S2, on Friday morning Singapore time.

The pair have been good friends for years.  In this video shot just before the 2012 Paralympics, they revealed other life aspirations like learning Spanish.

 

Goh won the bronze medal in the women's 100m breaststroke SB4 final on Sunday (Monday Sept 12, Singapore time).

Goh, 29, who was born with spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down, clocked 1:55.55sec.

She won Singapore's second medal of the Rio Paralympics.

With some self-deprecating humour, Yip also wrote: "The world doesn't need to see my ugly crying face (yours is really well hidden). But the world needs to know how proud I am of you. You finally did it. You freaking did it."