Triumphant no matter the result; para-athletes show their class
Day 3 picked up right where it left off the previous day but this time with an evident increase in supporters. There were many moments of joy and anguish in the morning from the para-athletes as they gave their all to achieve one thing, greatness.
Local paddler Eugene Soh fought hard together with his fellow teammates earlier this morning against Vietnam. The crowd was left awe of the effort and skill from both sets of players as they manoeuvred their wheelchair with such mastery as they delivered deadly returns to one another. Vietnam won 3-0 but the scoreline did not do justice to the game as both teams were in it from point to point.
If you thought athletes were just here to show you their ability, think again. Kyaw Kyaw from Myanmar took home the gold in style in the t44 400m, and broke the ASEAN games record with a timing of 55:38. Over at the aquatic center, Singapore did a 1-2 finish for the Men’s 100m freestyle S14 with Benson commanding the lead. If that is not impressive enough, our golden girl lived up to her name bagging yet another gold to add to her impressive tally! (if we did the maths correctly it’s her 26th Gold since the 1st ASEAN Para Games)
Yes, the perseverance and talent is definitely to admire as every athlete has a story behind them. Many have faced hurdles we could not even imagine. An example of this would be Alvina, a para-athlete who had to change sport because of her chronic injury problem from handcycling barely 6 months ago. Just this evening she became a bronze medallist in the P2 10m Air Pistol SH1 category, that is the definition of defying the odds when they are stacked up against you.
It isn’t always a sweet victory in sports and that’s why we love it so much. There will be days where our backs are against the wall and only the brave will shine and our CP Footballers did exactly just that. Despite conceding 3 goals in quick succession after the half, they did not rest. Captain Khairul Anwar stood tall together with his teammates and never backed down, even scoring an incredible hat-trick in the hunt to salvage a point from the game. Some of them were in tears after the game as this meant everything to them, but their spirit brought the stadium alive as we have never witnessed a more vocal crowd in the Sports Hub.
The thought of what to expect tomorrow at the games is probably unimaginable, athletes beating their own records, defying the odds, bringing the crowd to their feet and keeping the spirit of the games as pure as it could be is truly fascinating.
For Sunday could be history in the making, don’t miss out the chance to be part of it….