Singapore men's canoe team capture first-ever golds

(From left) Gold medalists Lucas Teo, Bill Lee and Brandon Ooi with their medals. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
(From left) Gold medalists Lucas Teo, Bill Lee and Brandon Ooi with their medals. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Bill Lee (left) and Brandon Ooi won the SEA Games' canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Bill Lee (left) and Brandon Ooi won the SEA Games' canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Brandon Ooi (left) and Bill Lee won the SEA Games' canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Brandon Ooi (left) and Bill Lee won the SEA Games' canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Singapore flag being raised at the Marina Channel during the victory ceremony for the SEA Games' canoeing men's K2-1000m final. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Singapore flag being raised at the Marina Channel during the victory ceremony for the SEA Games' canoeing men's K2-1000m final. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Lucas Teo (right) winning a gold in the SEA Games canoeing Men's K1-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Lucas Teo (right) winning a gold in the SEA Games canoeing Men's K1-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Brandon Ooi (right) and Bill Lee wining the gold in the SEA Games canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Brandon Ooi (right) and Bill Lee wining the gold in the SEA Games canoeing Men's K2-1000m final held at the Marina Channel on June 6, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Singapore's canoeing men's team won their first gold medals in SEA Games history on Saturday morning when its canoeists enjoyed a double triumph at the K1 and K2 1000m races.

In the K1, Lucas Teo turned the tables on his rival Wichan Jaitieng when the Singaporean finished first in 3min 43.036sec.

The Thai, who beat Teo at the 2011 Games in Indonesia in the same event, had to settle for silver when he finished 2.09sec behind. Myanmar's Aung Myo Thu was a further 3 secs back in third.

Half an hour later at the Marina Channel, Brandon Ooi and Bill Lee emerged champions in the K2 race to collect the Republic's second gold on the first day of the canoeing competition.

The pair clocked 3:26.002 to finish ahead of Thailand (3:28.645) and Indonesia (3:30.091).

Indonesia meanwhile, picked up its first gold medal of the 28th edition of the SEA Games after Marjuki Marjuki was victorious in the men's C1 1000m event (4:02.349).

Thailand won the men's K4 1000m race (3:04.781) while Myanmar won the men's C2 1000m event (3:43.814).

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