Team Singapore’s Athletes In Boxing & Judo Win Bronzes
By Jason Cai
Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council
Saturday (Nov 19) was clearly shuttle Fu Mingtian’s day as she earned a historic gold in the women’s singles but boxing’s Muhamad Ridhwan and judo’s Ang Xuan Yi also did their bit for their sport with medals at the SEA Games here in Indonesia.
In Palembang, Ridhwan lost 20-9 to Indonesia’s Mathius Mandiangan in the semi-final of the men’s lightweight (60kg) category. This made him the joint bronze medallist. The 23-year-old student at Nanyang Polytechnic was hoping to enter the final and perhaps even win Singapore’s first gold at the SEA Games since Mohd Mukhlis’ triumph in the men’s welterweight way back in the 1985 SEA Games in Bangkok. That dream had to be postponed but Ridhwan could still take some consolation from his performance. The best endorsement came from his coach David Alexis who said, “Ridhwan fought well.”
In Jakarta, Xuan Yi did her part by winning Singapore’s first medal for judo at this SEA Games. The 22-year-old SIM undergraduate came in joint third with Vietnam’s Ho Thi Nhu Van in the women’s 57kg event after defeating Myanmar’s Zin Mi Mi Than. Thailand’s Om Pongchaliew won the gold while Indonesia’s Ni Kadek Ani Pandi clinched the silver.