Asean Para Games: Yip Pin Xiu breaks world record in winning first gold medal

Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh at the victory ceremony on Dec 8, 2015.
Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh at the victory ceremony on Dec 8, 2015.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu touching home to win the 50m backstroke S5 on Dec 8, 2015.
Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu touching home to win the 50m backstroke S5 on Dec 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - Singapore's para-swimmers clinched two golds on the final day of swimming competition at the Asean Para Games on Tueday, taking their overall tally to 16 golds, six silvers and 11 bronzes.

Yip Pin Xiu, an S2 swimmer competing three classes above in the 50m backstroke S5 (S2-S5) final, clocked a time of 1min 1.61sec to bag her first gold of the Games. She also became the new world record holder of the 50m back S2, after going under the previous mark of 1:03.00.

Team-mate Theresa Goh was third in 1:01.73, behind Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Den (1:01.63).

The second gold came from Lawrence Tay, who won the men's 50m back S14 in a Games record time of 34.52sec. It was his first gold of the meet.

Tay finished ahead of team-mate Han Liang Chou (35.94) and Malaysia's Ting Jing Ping (36.32).