Friday, September 16, 2016

Yip Pin Xiu wins her second gold medal at the Rio Games!

PHOTO: Pin Xiu Yip of Singapore reacts winning the women's 50m backstroke S2 during the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
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Yip Pin Xiu has made history by winning gold for the women's 50m backstroke S2 event; her second gold at the Rio Paralympics!

RIO DE JANEIRO - Singapore para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu etched her name into the record books on the morning of September 16, 2016, (Singapore time) when she became the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the Paralympic Games.



Supporters cheering for Yip Pin Xiu as she competes during the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
PHOTO: Supporters cheering for Yip Pin Xiu as she competes during the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
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The 24-year-old, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease, clinched gold in the women's 50m backstroke S2 event at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio. Starting from lane four, Yip stopped the clock in 1min 00.33sec, ahead of China's Feng Yazhu (1:02.66) and Ukraine's Iryna Sotska (1:17.22).

The reigning Straits Times Athlete of the Year had won the 100m back S2 last week, setting a new world record in the process. Her split timing of 59.38sec in the first lap was also a world record in the 50m back S2.



Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu with her gold medal after winning the S2 50m backstroke at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
PHOTO: Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu with her gold medal after winning the S2 50m backstroke at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
The reigning Straits Times Athlete of the Year had won the 100m back S2 last week, setting a new world record in the process. Her split timing of 59.38sec in the first lap was also a world record in the 50m back S2.
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She was the Republic's first Paralympic champion when she triumphed in the 50m back S3 race at the 2008 Beijing Games. She also won silver in the 50m freestyle S3 in China. Yip's three golds and four medals overall makes her one of Asia's most successful Paralympic swimmers.



Paralympic gold medallist Yip
PHOTO: Paralympic gold medallist Yip says disabled athletes "can inspire many different groups of people - not just the disabled".
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In 2008, Yip was awarded the Her World Young Woman Achiever award. She was a joint winner with fellow paralympian equestrian competitor Laurentia Tan who competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and is also competing at Rio. Goh Soo Khim, Singapore’s doyenne of dance, was the 2008 Her World Woman of the Year. Our Her World Young Woman Achiever for 2005, Theresa Goh, is also at Rio and won a bronze medal for the 100m breaststroke SB4 event. It seems our Singapore swimmers are unstopable!



Mick Massey (centre) Theresa Goh (right) and Yip Pin Xiu celebrate with their medals on 15 September 2016.
PHOTO: Mick Massey (centre) Theresa Goh (right) and Yip Pin Xiu celebrate with their medals on 15 September 2016.
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Congratulations again to Yip Pin Xiu!
Congratulations to all parents, uncles and aunties! Because of your sacrifices, our Ah boys and Ah girls have make it again, . . . . . . and again!



Yip Pin Xiu's mother holds the Singapore banner as she cheers for Pin Xiu on Sept 15, 2016.
PHOTO: The number of companies congratulating world record breaker Yip Pin Xiu is absolutely incredible
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By Joan Chew & Niki Bruce, Her World Plus on 16 September 2016
This story was first published on www.straitstimes.com



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