SEA Games: Sasha Christian and Mark Leong deliver water-ski golds for Singapore

Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games water-ski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games water-ski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games water-ski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games water-ski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games waterski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Mark Leong in the SEA Games waterski men's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sasha Christian in the SEA Games water-ski women's slalom final at the Bedok Reservoir on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Sasha Christian matched the SEA Games record she set yesterday to clinch another gold for Singapore in water-ski.

Rounding three buoys on the 13m line at Bedok Reservoir, Christian defeated silver medallist Sholikah Ummu Thoyibhatus of Indonesia, who only managed one buoy on the 13m line.

This is her second gold at the 28th SEA Games, after she won gold in the women's individual wakeboard on Friday. It was also Singapore's 71st gold of the Games.

"I was more confident after my win yesterday, but there is also the danger of being over-confident. This is a completely different event and the competitors are also different, so I told myself to keep calm and do what I can do," said Christian.

Kalya Kee from Singapore finished with 5/55/14.25 to clinch the bronze medal, a huge improvement from the 4.50/55/18.25 she managed in the preliminaries.

Singapore's Mark Leong made it a double gold in the slalom when he clinched the men's event and Singapore's 72nd gold of the Games.

He rounded three buoys on the 12m line, while Indonesia's Indra Hardinata (2 buoys on 12m) and Malaysia's Alex Yoong (3.5 buoys on 13m) settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Said Mark, 17, who set a new Games and national record: "I'm so, so happy. It almost feels unreal. After I got round the third buoy I felt so overwhelmed.

"It was more pressurising after my performance in the preliminaries yesterday as more people expected this from me.

"I had to keep my cool. I was doing very well in training so I just treated this as another training run."

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