Paddler Yu Mengyu through to Last Eight: Team Singapore at Tokyo 2020 [Day 4]

Winning start for Shuttler Jiamin, Paddler Yu Mengyu through to quarters, Feng Tianwei eliminated, Schooling misses out on 100m Freestyle Semis

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27 July 2021, Tokyo, Japan - It was another action packed day for Team Singapore at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Team Singapore got off to a bright start in Badminton when Yeo Jia Min got her campaign off to a winning start in the same vein as her male compatriot Loh Kean Yew the day before.


There was also good news for Yu Mengyu, who made it three wins out of three to book her place in the quarter finals of the Women's Singles for Table Tennis, but no luck for Feng Tianwei who is eliminated from the Women's Singles competition.

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BADMINTON


Singapore shuttler Yeo Jia Min made the best possible start to her Olympic campaign when she dispatched world no. 92 Haramara Gaitan 21-7, 21-10 at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza this morning.


Yeo will next face South Korea’s world No. 18 Kim Ga-eun tomorrow morning for a place in the round of 16, after Kim defeated Gaitan 21-14, 21-9 on Saturday.


Yeo has a 3-1 head-to-head record against Kim, which includes two wins in their most recent meetings in 2019.

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TABLE TENNIS


In Women's Table Tennis, Yu Mengyu was in scintillating form yet again today, defeating Liu Juan of the United States 4-2 (11-9,11-9,11-9,8-11,6-11,11-8) to book a place in the Quarter Finals.


Yu will come up against Ishikawa Kasumi from Japan, with the match being played tomorrow (28 July).


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There was no such luck for her teammate and four time Olympian Feng Tianwei however, who succumbed 1-4 (13-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8) to Germany's Han Ying and is eliminated in the Round of 16 in the Women's Singles.


She will now focus on the Women's Team event.


SWIMMING


All eyes were on Joseph Schooling today, who competed in his first event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Singapore's only Olympic gold medallist clocked a time of 49.84 in his 100m freestyle heats, missing out on a place in the semi-finals.


His timing placed him sixth in his heats, and 39th overall out of a field of 70 competitors.

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The emphasis for Schooling however remains in "The Fly", his pet event which won him the gold medal in Rio in 2016.


Schooling will next compete in the 100m butterfly heats on Thursday. He is the defending Olympic champion in the event and holds the Games record.


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SAILING


Team Singapore Sailors Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low got their sailing campaign underway for the 2020 Olympics today, competing in the Women's Skiff 49er FX for Races 1 to 3.


They currently have 23 Net Points and are ranked 18th out of a field of 21 competitors after 3 races. Lim and Low will be back in action for races 4 to 6 tomorrow.

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Meanwhile, Ryan Lo sits on 84 Net Points for the Men's One Person Dinghy Laser, and is currently ranked 20th out of 35 after six races. He will next compete in Race 7 to 8, which will be held on Thursday, 29 July.


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