When The Going Gets Tough
Team Singapore Athletes Show Fighting Spirit In Tight Contests
Photo by /Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council
By Joshua Tan in Singapore & Kelly Ng in Palembang
As all athletes know, victory is sweet. It becomes sweeter when it is achieved with the narrowest of margins. As a bonus, spectators enjoy a heated contest filled with twists and turns. We bring you two thrilling moments at the SEA Games here in Indonesia which ended with wins for Singapore.
Zhang Jin was hoping to retain his title in the men’s 10m air rifle. Things looked smooth enough as he went into the final as the top shooter after scoring 588 out of a possible 600 in the qualifying round. But it was a totally different story in the final. He was pushed all the way by Malaysia’s Hadafi Jaafar. In the end, he, with his never-say-die attitude, triumphed. His total of 685.9 enabled him to edge out Hadafi (685.8) and Thailand’s Weerawat Chaisawat (685.1) by the narrowest of margin. It was good news for Team Singapore – and great fun for the crowd at the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang.
Over at the Lumban Tirta Swimming Stadium, also in Palembang, the Singapore women’s water polo team were trying to win gold by beating Indonesia in the final. They started off as slight favourites. But they never enjoyed more than a two-goal lead and even fell behind once in the first quarter. In the end, they won the tight contest 11-9 to make history. They had claimed the event’s first SEA Games title since women’s water polo was making its debut in this biennial competition. Things could easily have gone the other way. There many anxious moments when our opponents looked dangerous. But goalkeeper Low Seet Teng kept the Indonesian offence at bay while her team mates kept fighting. The result? A well-deserved gold after years of hard work.