RIO DE JANEIRO – Singapore para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu etched her name into the record books on the morning of September 16, 2016, (Singapore time) when she became the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the Paralympic Games.
Pin Xiu Yip of Singapore reacts winning the women’s 50m backstroke S2 during the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Image: ST
The 24-year-old, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease, clinched gold in the women’s 50m backstroke S2 event at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio. Starting from lane four, Yip stopped the clock in 1min 00.33sec, ahead of China’s Feng Yazhu (1:02.66) and Ukraine’s Iryna Sotska (1:17.22).
The reigning Straits Times Athlete of the Year had won the 100m back S2 last week, setting a new world record in the process. Her split timing of 59.38sec in the first lap was also a world record in the 50m back S2.
Supporters cheering for Yip Pin Xiu as she competes during the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Image: ST PHOTO: JOAN CHEW
She was the Republic’s first Paralympic champion when she triumphed in the 50m back S3 race at the 2008 Beijing Games. She also won silver in the 50m freestyle S3 in China. Yip’s three golds and four medals overall makes her one of Asia’s most successful Paralympic swimmers.
In 2008, Yip was awarded the Her World Young Woman Achiever award. She was a joint winner with fellow paralympian equestrian competitor Laurentia Tan who competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and is also competing at Rio. Goh Soo Khim, Singapore’s doyenne of dance, was the 2008 Her World Woman of the Year. Our Her World Young Woman Achiever for 2005, Theresa Goh, is also at Rio and won a bronze medal for the 100m breaststroke SB4 event. It seems our Singapore swimmers are unstopable!
Congratulations again to Yip Pin Xiu!
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