It’s Singapore’s fourth Olympic medal ever.
Congrats to the girls and the team who work tirelessly in the background to support them.
Nobody wins a medal on their own.
They have done it once again! They have made history in Singapore sports!Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu defeated Korea 3 – 0 and claims Singapore’s 2nd medal at the London 2012 Olympics!This bronze medal also marks the first time Singapore has won 2 medals at a single Olympics!Congratulations and well done!Feng Tianwei won 3 – 1 (11-9,11-8,4-11,13-11) vs Kim Kyungah
Olympic Shooting: Jasmine Ser of Singapore took part in two events but did not make the finals in each.Jasmine shot 577 in qualifying for the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions and placed 29th out of 47 shooters.
In the 10m Air Rifle event, Jasmine shot 394 and finished 24th out of 56 shooters.
Thanks for flying our flag, Jasmine. : )
Olympic Kayaking: Geraldine Lee of Singapore made it into the semi-finals of the women’s kayak singles (K1) 500m but did not make it further into the final.Good try, Geraldine : )
Geraldine surpasses Coach’s target
The British crowd erupted at the presence of a local girl in Lane 6. The kayaker, Rachel Cawthorn, duly returned the favour, finishing first in the heat.
Amidst the noise and attention, however, next to Cawthorn was a piece of history being written, with each brave paddle.
Geraldine Lee is Singapore’s first-ever Olympic kayaker or canoeist, in a sport popular in schools but never competitive on the international stage.
The cold and windy conditions seemed intent on breaking her. She must have been in pain. After all she subjects herself to one of the most punishing sports on the Olympic stage.
When her 500-metre incursion down Dorney Lake was over, the clock read a worthy 2.01.037.
Her victory was in another statistic. She was 21st out of 25 in the heats. The pre-competition target set by coach Balazs Babella was just to beat one other Olympian.
A mere hour later, Geraldine impressively achieved almost a similar timing in the semi-finals, just less than half a second slower.
All these, and she described it as “okay”.
“I gave all out and I guess I did okay. I feel I did my best.”
On her strategy, she added, “Coach asked me to go hard in both races. I went all out [in the heat] because I wanted a good feeling for the semi-final.”
There was a sigh of relief, but the 25-year-old is not about to let up. She still has a 200m sprint, and returns to training tomorrow.
“That event is kind of like the 100m [in athletics]. You can feel the stress more.”
It is probably a tension the 1.54-metre-tall dynamo has quickly grown into.
Less than two years ago Geraldine came in 6th at the Asian Games. Last October she was 4th at the Asian Canoe Sprint Championships. A month later at the SEA Games, she took home one gold and three silvers.
The stunning fact is Geraldine qualified for London 2012 on her own merit.
2.01 is commendable given the unfamiliar weather. She has gone under 1.59 in the 500m before, but that was in near-perfect conditions.
However, this meet means more than plain numbers.
“I feel very happy because compared to the really strong European and Asian countries, Singapore is very small [in this sport].”
For now, she just wants to spend some time with her parents, who are in town to cheer for her.
“I won’t ask them about my performance,” she laughed.
Hungary’s Danuta Kozak topped the women’s K1 500m semi-finals at 1.50.469. The slowest time that made the final was 1.51.945.