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Singapore women dragon boaters bag first-ever SEA Games medal
ADELENE WONG, NAYPYIDAW – Singapore’s women dragon boaters took home their first-ever South-east Asian (SEA) Games medal when they captured a bronze in the traditional dragon boat women’s five-crew 500m event at Ngalaik Dam this afternoon (Dec 20).
The team of Jasline Ng, Bobby Ng, Joyce Wee, Shona Chan and Felicia Lee edged out Thailand for the medal.
Hosts Myanmar won the race while Indonesia finished second.
The win brought out scenes of wild celebrations in the Republic camp today as the podium finish in the last race of the competition today means that its 30-strong dragonboat contingent will not be returning home empty-handed.
Said Singapore’s dragonboat women team manager Ng Chee Hong: “We are all elated and ecstatic… It is also an emotional win as we made history for this sport in Singapore too.”
Ng attributed the win to a technical race put together by the women’s team.
He said: “We are the underdogs in this competition and it is good to secure a bronze. We were the earliest dragonboat team to arrive in Myanmar, coming here four days before the start of the competition (Dec 14-20), and I think that helped in our preparations. We adjusted our boat and pedal lengths to suit the conditions of the water there.
“Hopefully, this will build further momentum for us and motivate us to perform better in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.”
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