RIO DE JANEIRO – Singapore para-swimmer Theresa Goh won the bronze medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB4 final on Sunday (Monday September 12, Singapore time), securing Singapore’s second medal of the Rio Paralympics.

Singapore Her world young woman achiever 2005 para-swimmer Theresa Goh MEDAL
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Goh, 29, who was born with spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down, clocked 1:55.55sec at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. She had set a personal-best time of 1:54.50 in the morning’s heats, which is also an Asian record. That made her the second-fastest qualifier going into the final. She finished behind Norwegian pre-race favourite Sarah Louise Rung (1:44.94), the final’s fastest qualifier, and Italy’s Giulia Ghiretti (1:50.58).

Her good friend Yip Pin Xiu, 24, won gold in the 100m backstroke S2 event on Friday, bringing in Singapore’s first medal at the Rio Paralympics.

Singapore Her world young woman achiever 2005 para-swimmer Theresa Goh SWIMMERS
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Goh was the first Singapore swimmer to compete at the Paralympics, back in Athens in 2004. This is her first medal from four Paralympic Games. Coach Mick Massey said her swim was “phenomenal” and Goh herself said “it couldn’t have gone any better”. She said: “I feel that everything just fell into space. Today was my day to shine.”

Singapore Her world young woman achiever 2005 para-swimmer Theresa Goh FLAG
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President Tony Tan Keng Yam congratulated Goh for winning the bronze. “A strong effort by Team Singapore at the Rio Paralympics so far. Well done!” he said.

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