Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu lands fourth Paralympic Gold Medal: Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Singapore swimmer defends 2016 Paralympic title, cyclist Steve Tee clocks new personal best

Image credit: Singapore National Paralympic Council

Team Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu has won Singapore's first gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in the women's 100m backstroke S2 event.

In so doing, the Singapore Sports Hall of Famer successfully defended her title from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, earning her fourth Paralympic gold medal in the process.

Yip, who is a double world champion, touched home with a time of 2:16.61 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and will next compete in the 50m backstroke S2 event on Thu, 2 September 2021.

She had earlier come in first out of a field of 9 in her heats for the 100m backstroke S2 event today, with a timing of 2:14:46.

Image credit: Singapore National Paralympic Council

Yip's swimming teammate Sophie Soon made her Paralympic bow earlier today and competed in the Women's 100m Butterfly S13 Heats.

She finished strong and came in with a timing of 1:28.61 but it was not enough to earn her a spot in the Finals, as she finished 18th.

Image credit: Singapore National Paralympic Council

Elsewhere Cyclist Steve Tee and his pilot Ang Kee Meng put in a good showing in the Men's B 4000m Individual Pursuit Qualifying round to come in 9th with a timing of 4:40.453.

Although they did not qualify for the medal race, the timing meant that they did clock a new Personal Best record.

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