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End of S'pore's reign in water polo: Don't mourn the loss, just celebrate the streak

The Singapore water polo team trying to put on a positive front the day after their 7-5 loss to Indonesia at the SEA Games in New Clark City. They were held 6-6 by hosts Philippines yesterday.
The Singapore water polo team trying to put on a positive front the day after their 7-5 loss to Indonesia at the SEA Games in New Clark City. They were held 6-6 by hosts Philippines yesterday. PHOTO: SNOC

Yip Ren Kai’s chat group goes quiet. Lim Teck Yin’s phone is pinging bad news. It’s Thursday and Indonesia have beaten Singapore in the Philippines in water polo. The streak is sunk, the spell is over.

“Shock,” says Yip, a three-time SEA Games water polo gold medallist, about what he felt. “I could feel the pain in my bones,” says Lim, the chief executive officer of Sport Singapore and a six-time champion.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2019, with the headline 'Don't mourn the loss, just celebrate the streak'. Print Edition | Subscribe