While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 10 edition

Olympics: Schooling smashes national record in 100m free heat, reaches Wednesday semi-final

It was 1.17pm in Rio de Janeiro, slightly a quarter of an hour past midnight in Singapore on Aug 10, but it was better late than never for swimmer Joseph Schooling to deliver a National Day gift to the nation.

Swimming in Heat 6 of the 100m freestyle event, the 21-year-old powered to second place amongst eight swimmers with a new national record time of 48.27s, lowering his previous mark of 48.58s set in last year's SEA Games.

In the process, he qualified for the semi-finals as the sixth fastest swimmer. Australia's Kyle Chalmers was the fastest man (47.9), followed by the United States' Caeleb Dressel (47.91) and Britain's Duncan Scott (48.01).


Bride walked down aisle by father's heart recipient

The bride beamed as she walked down the aisle of the Pennsylvania church on the arm of a white-haired gentleman - the man who received her father's heart in a life-saving transplant operation.

Ten years after her father was brutally murdered, Jeni Stepien knew she wanted his heart to be at the wedding. So she asked retired college adviser Arthur Thomas, the man who received his heart, to give her away.

She had met Thomas, 72, for the first time only the day before.


Boos, taunts and jeers: Russia under siege at Rio Olympics

Weakened and bruised by sport's biggest doping scandal in decades, Russia is under siege at the Rio Games.

The Russian team, tarnished and reduced in number following allegations of state-backed cheating, is keeping tight-lipped after being jeered by hostile crowds at multiple venues. But Russian fans are incensed and speaking out.

Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who won her appeal against a doping ban only last Friday, has been booed every time she stepped on to the pool deck and broke down in tears after taking home the 100m breaststroke silver medal.


Germany arrests ISIS suspect, cites Bundesliga threat

German special forces have arrested a Syrian suspected of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, local authorities said, citing a threat to the opening game of the upcoming Bundesliga football championships.

“There are indications that something is being planned for the start of the Bundesliga season,” a spokesman for the interior ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate told AFP.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday in Mutterstadt, a city in the western state, before investigators raided a flat in Duisburg, some 300km north-west in North Rhine-Westphalia state.


Olympics: S'pore's Feng and Yu eliminated in table tennis quarter-finals

Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei will not defend her Olympics singles medal, after losing to Japan's Ai Fukuhara in the quarter-finals.

The world No. 4 and second seed, who was widely expected to at least make the semi-finals, was beaten 4-0 (14-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5).

Team-mate Yu Mengyu also lost her quarter-finals in her match against North Korean Kim Song I 4-2 (8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9, 6-11).