Asian Games: CDM Jessie Phua praises Team Singapore's showing, says targets met

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling bagged a historic gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the Incheon Asian Games. Team Singapore chef de mission Jessie Phua said the 224-strong athlete contingent had met her expectations with their performances at th
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling bagged a historic gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the Incheon Asian Games. Team Singapore chef de mission Jessie Phua said the 224-strong athlete contingent had met her expectations with their performances at the quadrennial meet. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 

The Incheon Asian Games ended on Saturday, and Team Singapore chef de mission Jessie Phua said the 224-strong athlete contingent had met her expectations with their performances at the quadrennial meet.

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling bagged a historic gold medal in the 100m butterfly, the first gold by a male swimmer since Ang Peng Siong's gold at the 1982 Asiad. The 19-year-old then added a silver (50m fly) and a bronze (200m fly) on what was his Asian Games debut.

Singapore's bowlers also clinched a gold for the Republic in the women's team event, while Singapore's sailors contributed the most golds with three (women's optimist, women's 420, and J80 match racing).

Overall, Singapore improved on their showing at the last Asiad. They had five golds, six silvers, and 12 bronzes in Incheon, up from four golds, seven silvers, and six bronzes in Guangzhou four years ago.

They finished the Incheon Games 15th in the medal table, an improvement of one position from the last edition.

Said Phua: "Overall, Team Singapore has performed to expectations and surprised us with many breakthrough performances and records.

"The competition field in Asia in many sports is world-class, to improve on our position is testament to the improving standards of our athletes.

"This bodes well for the future where Team Singapore will strive to aim towards continued Olympic success, and to do their best in front of the home crowd at the 2015 SEA Games."