SEA Games: Singapore wins first-ever gold in synchronised swimming

The Singapore synchronised swimming team in action at the 28th SEA Games. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
The Singapore synchronised swimming team in action at the 28th SEA Games. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Singapore's synchronised swimmers celebrating at the podium after winning the country's first-ever SEA Games gold medal in the sport on Wednesday evening. -- ST PHOTO: WENG SENG  
Singapore's synchronised swimmers celebrating at the podium after winning the country's first-ever SEA Games gold medal in the sport on Wednesday evening. -- ST PHOTO: WENG SENG  
Singapore's team perform their synchronised swimming free routine finals during the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's team perform their synchronised swimming free routine finals during the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

Singapore's synchronised swimmers have won the country's first-ever SEA Games gold medal in the sport on Wednesday evening.

In a tense night, the Singaporean swimmers were not the only ones holding their breaths at the SEA Games team free routine final.

 All eyes were on the scoreboard, waiting to see how the Malaysian team - third to perform - scored for their performance at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

 The partisan crowd were already cheering passionately when it was announced that Malaysia, who swept all seven golds from 2001 to 2011 at the SEA Games, had finished second.

 

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 With a final score of 150.8445, Singapore dethroned reigning champions Malaysia and ended their search for the gold while Malaysia scored a total of 146.5204 points.

The technical routine scores were added to tabulate the ranking to give Singapore a winning margin of 4.3241.

"This is probably our best start in our SEA Games campaign ever, and the official Opening Ceremony has not even started," said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong. 

"Today's victory is very memorable and holds a lot of meaning because we trained 2 years for this," said Singapore's synchronised swimming team member Stephanie Chen, 19.

"Malaysia have been the powerhouse, but there was a very good chance for us (to win this event)." 

The Malaysian team is still a strong competitor for the two remaining synchronised swimming events in Thursday's duet technical and free routine and team free combination events.

 Chen said: "We can only hope for the best tomorrow."  

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