Table tennis: Jason Chee savours APG glory as Singapore beat Thailand to win team gold

Jason Chee in action at the Asean Para Games on Dec 5, 2015.
Jason Chee in action at the Asean Para Games on Dec 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - National table tennis player Jason Chee guided Singapore to its first table tennis gold medal of the 8th Asean Para Games.

The host beat Thailand 3-1 in the men's team (T1-2) event on Saturday night at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.

Chee, 32, was the Republic's hero of the night as he won all three of his matches. He beat Nipon Theptoranee 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 in the second singles before partnering with compatriot Aaron Yeo to beat Nipon and Natthawut Thinathet 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 to give Singapore the lead.

Navy serviceman Chee, who lost his legs and left arm in a horrific ship accident in 2012, then beat Natthawut 5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 to deliver a historic first gold for Singapore and the crowd of about 300 fans rose to salute him.

Said Chee: "Before the competition, I really wanted to win an SG50 gold for Singapore and to have done it is amazing. I'm so proud of my teammates and also to all the supporters who came down to cheer for us. This medal is for all of you as well."