Asian Winter Games: Teenager Yu Shuran writes new chapter in Singapore's figure skating history

Yu Shuran in action at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan on Feb 25, 2017.
Yu Shuran in action at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan on Feb 25, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
Yu Shuran in action at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan on Feb 25, 2017.
Yu Shuran in action at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan on Feb 25, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Figure skater Yu Shuran became the first Singaporean to qualify for the International Skating Union (ISU) World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday (Feb 25).

The 16-year-old, who is currently competing at the Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo, scored 28.95 in the short programme on Thursday and 51.27 in free skating on Saturday. Her scores met the ISU's minimum requirements of 27 and 47 respectively for both phases, qualifying her for the March 29-April 2 World Championships in Helsinki.

Shuran posted an overall final score and personal best of 146.70 to finish sixth out of 24 competitors at the AWG. Compatriot Chloe Ing was 11th with a score of 127.35.

Said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong: "This is a huge milestone for figure skating in Singapore. Shuran has done Singapore proud with a sixth-place finish for the AWG."

The AWG was Shuran's third senior-level competition, and the teenager told The Straits Times: "It's not just a personal achievement, but also a milestone for Singapore figure skating. I think it just shows that it's possible for us to venture out in this sport and keep pushing ourselves.

"I hope it shows future skaters and the younger ones now that being from Singapore, from South-east Asia or a tropical country shouldn't hold you back from the sport."