SEA Games: Singapore narrowly miss out on third synchronised swimming gold

Miya Yong (left) and Debbie Soh of Singapore in action during their duet technical routine, on Aug 18, 2017.
Miya Yong (left) and Debbie Soh of Singapore in action during their duet technical routine, on Aug 18, 2017. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Debbie Soh and Miya Yong clinched Singapore's second synchronised swimming silver of the 29th SEA Games on Sunday (Aug 20).

They scored 76.2333 (22.9000 for execution, 30.5333 for artistic impression and 22.8000 for difficulty) to finish behind Malaysian duo Gan Hua Wei and Lee Yhing Huey (76.3000) in the duet free routine at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil.

Indonesians Anisa Feritrianti and Claudia Megawati were third (71.4667).

"We've done our absolute best, even better than previous competitions," said Soh. " From our perspective, we have no regrets. If this is the result, then so be it."

Things were looking good for Soh and Miya, who were the fourth pair to perform, when they overtook Malaysia's Lee Yiat Xin and Nur Liyana Nadirah (70.4667), and topped the scoreboard.

However, Malaysia's second pair of Hua Wei and Yhing Huey - who went sixth - overtook the Singaporeans by 0.0667.

This result gives Singapore its sixth synchronised swimming medal at the Games, including two golds (solo free and duet technical), two silvers (solo technical and duet free) and two bronzes (solo free and solo technical).

The Singapore Sports School students will compete in the team free routine later in the evening with team-mates Gwyneth Goh, Hannah Chiang, Christine Mok, Shae-Lynn Tan, Ariel Sng, Rachel Thean and Vivien Tai.

Said Miya: "There's pressure on us to win the team gold later, we just have to do our best and hope we can win it."