Asean Para Games: Emily Lee and Sarah Tan win Singapore's first cycling gold

Emily Lee Seok Bee and pilot Sarah Tan in action in the 3,000m Individual pursuit (B) women in para cycling at the National Velodrome in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan on Sept 18, 2017.
Emily Lee Seok Bee and pilot Sarah Tan in action in the 3,000m Individual pursuit (B) women in para cycling at the National Velodrome in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan on Sept 18, 2017.PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE/DONOVAN HO

SINGAPORE - Emily Lee and Sarah Tan have won Singapore's first cycling gold at the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games on Wednesday (Sept 20).

Lee, 47, is blind and relies on her sighted pilot Tan. The tandem cyclists clocked 19min 9.23sec to triumph in the women's 12.3km individual time trial. It was Singapore's sixth gold at the Games.

The pair finished the road race ahead of Malaysia's Nur Azlia Syafinaz and Noraidillina Adilla (19:24.54). Singapore's Delia Kang and Jeynelle Lee (19:45.77) came in third and took the bronze medal.

Lee said: "I feel happy today because I wanted to win a gold for Singapore and hear our national anthem play at the victory ceremony."

It was Lee's fourth medal at the ongoing APG, adding to her two silvers and a bronze won earlier in the Games.

Lee's husband, Jessen Ng, won his third medal at the Games. The 55-year-old partnered SEA Games men's omnium champion Calvin Sim to win the silver in the men's 24.6km individual time trial.

The pair clocked 34:34.83, behind Malaysia's Khairul Hazwan Wahab and Nur Misbah Rauf (33:13.88). Singapore's Tee Wee Leong and pilot Ang Kee Meng claimed the bronze in 35:10.35.

In the men's 12.3km H1-H5 individual time trial, Singapore's handcyclist Naren Lee Sankar, 24, clocked 28:43.06 to win the silver - the Republic's first medal in the handcycling category. Malaysia's Lim Tao Keong won the gold in 26:47.57, while Indonesia's I Wayan Damai claimed the bronze in 30:44.53.

Cycling is making its debut at the APG, and in four days of competition with one more day to go, Singapore have won one gold, four silvers and seven bronze medals.

Singapore's chef de mission Shirley Low said in a statement: "It has been an excellent debut for Singapore's para-cycling team. It is an encouraging outcome for the sport and I expect that there will be more interest and participation in para-cycling from people with disabilities."