Special Olympics: Swimmers Danielle and Nicole add to their medal haul

Singapore swimmers Danielle Moi (right), Bryan Seow (left) and Nicole Fu.
Singapore swimmers Danielle Moi (right), Bryan Seow (left) and Nicole Fu.PHOTO: SPECIAL OLYMPICS SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Swimmers Danielle Moi and Nicole Fu have performed well once again at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles by clinching two golds for Team Singapore on Wednesday (Singapore time).

Danielle, 15, won the women's 100m butterfly (F1 division) in 1min 20.26sec and Nicole, 15, clinched the women's 50m freestyle (F05 division) in 40.02sec. The athletes are grouped into competitive divisions based on gender, age and ability.

There should not be a 15 per cent difference in abilities between the best athlete and weakest athlete within each division to ensure a meaningful and close competition.

This is Danielle's third medal in the competition as she bagged a gold and a bronze from her previous swimming events. Nicole won a bronze medal the day before.

After the third day of competition, the medal tally for Team Singapore stands at four gold and three bronze medals.

In the previous edition of the Games in Athens in 2011, Singapore's 45 athletes won 12 golds, 13 silvers and 12 bronzes with just one gold, three silvers and four bronzes from swimming. There are 33 athletes from the Singapore contingent this year and swimming coach Richard Chng is satisfied with the swimmers' performance so far.

Said Chng, 25: "The swimmers performed very well overall. They gave their best and fought very hard. A well-deserved win for all of them."

Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan congratulated the athletes before flying back to Singapore from his trip to Los Angeles to support them.

He said: "I am proud of our special Olympians on their achievements for Singapore. I am impressed by their tenacity in overcoming the odds and triumph over their competitors in these major international Games."