Butterfly VS Backstroke, Olympics VS Paralympics, it doesn’t matter because it’s GOLD for Singapore!
Yip Pin Xiu wins Singapore’s first Paralympic Gold and smashes the World Record for 100m Backstroke S2 with a timing of 2:07.09.
“Majulah Singapura” was heard for the second time in Rio as Yip Pin Xiu won her 100M Backstroke S2 with style. Right from the buzzer, she stamped her authority with no hesitation as she raced into the lead.
At the 50M mark she was way ahead of her closest opponent and set her sights on beating the World Record. As she moved her arms with a lightning pace, fatigue didn’t seem to bother her much as her pace increased towards the last 25M, leaving the previous WR timing in the dust as she created her own legacy.
It was a similar ‘goosebump’ feeling as the Singapore anthem was played for millions to hear. It was smiles all around and rightly so as her win was ahead by a solid 10 seconds. The jubilant Singapore contingent, though small in numbers, sang their hearts out as the Singapore flag rose the highest!
Pin Xiu showed her class by maintaining her humble persona during the victory despite her commanding victory but this win could spell a change of fortune for the Singapore sporting scene. Together with Joseph Schooling’s victory, they may have just set our little red dot as the country to watch out for in years to come.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter what the future holds because we want to celebrate this historic moment. Joseph, I hope you were watching this because your swim elated a nation but after witnessing Yip Pin Xiu, it is time to be elated with the nation. Thank you both for putting our little red dot on the sporting map!
Article by: Dis.Is.Able