Asean Para Games: Second swimming gold for Singapore from Han Liang Chou

Han Liang Chou of Singapore (lane 6) raises his fist after winning the Men's 100m Breaststrokeat the 8th Asean Para Games.
Han Liang Chou of Singapore (lane 6) raises his fist after winning the Men's 100m Breaststrokeat the 8th Asean Para Games. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Despite suffering cramps in both legs with 25m to go, Singapore swimmer Han Liang Chou still managed to clinch the Republic's second Asean Para Games (APG) swimming gold on Friday morning.

Theresa Goh had won the Republic's first gold earlier in the morning, before Han clocked a personal best of 1 min 19.06 sec to win the SB14 100m breaststroke final, ahead of second-placed Yoong Chung Wei of Malaysia. Singapore's Lawrence Tay and Benson Tan came in third and fourth respectively.

Said Han after the race: "I didn't know I was in first place until I looked up at the scoreboard. Despite having cramps, I never gave up and just kept swimming."

It is a first gold for Han, who is competing in his third APG. He had previously clinched two bronzes and a silver. Han will be competing in eight events at the APG.

"I prefer the home support as to (competing) overseas, as my friends and family are here to support me," he said.