Soak in the celebrations, says Joseph Schooling to para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh

Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling (above) told Paralympics medalists Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh to "soak in the celebrations" when they return to Singapore.
Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling (above) told Paralympics medalists Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh to "soak in the celebrations" when they return to Singapore.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Yip Pin Xiu of Singapore reacts to winning the women's 50m backstroke S2 during the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept 15, 2016.
Yip Pin Xiu of Singapore reacts to winning the women's 50m backstroke S2 during the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept 15, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore swim champ Joseph Schooling congratulated para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on social media, for winning her second gold in Rio on Friday morning Singapore time (Sept 16).

"Congrats to Pin Xiu for winning a second gold medal in the Paralympic! So extremely proud of you for accomplishing such a magnificent feat," he wrote on Instagram.

"Congrats to Theresa as well for your wonderful bronze medal win!"

Yip clinched gold in the women's 50m backstroke S2 event at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.

She also won the 100m backstroke S2 last week, setting a new world record in the event.

The 24-year-old suffers from muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease. This is the first time an athlete from Singapore has won multiple golds at the Paralympic Games.

This is one of the best showings the Republic has had at the Paralympics, with swimmer Theresa Goh also scoring a bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4.

Schooling, who won Singapore's first gold medal at the Olympics last month, commented: "What you guys have achieved for Singapore is further proof of our country's incredible potential in the global sporting scene.

"Soak in the celebrations and enjoy your win back in Singapore."

Yip and Goh will be returning to Singapore on Wednesday at 5.35am aboard flight SQ67, when celebrations for Team SG's Paralympic contingent will take place.