It was a great start to the 2022 Commonwealth Games for Team Singapore when swimmer Teong Tzen Wei clinched the country’s first medal after he took silver in the men’s 50m butterfly final.
It was at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Birmingham on Saturday (30 July) — the second day of action for Singapore’s swimmers at the Games — when Teong clocked a time of 23.21. He was fresh off the back of the 31st SEA Games in May where he set a new SEA Games record with a timing of 23.04.
The event was won by England’s Benjamin Proud in a new Games record time of 22.81, while the bronze went to New Zealand’s Cameron Gray.
Matching his able-bodied compatriot, para swimmer Toh Wei Soong clinched silver in the men’s 50m freestyle S7 final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday (1 Aug) after clocking a time of 29.10. His was Singapore’s second medal in the pool at this edition of the Games. Toh claimed a bronze in the same event at the last edition of the Games in 2018.
The event was won by Australia’s Matthew Levy (28.85), while South Africa’s Christian Sadie (29.78) took bronze.
It looks like Team Singapore is on track with its medal tally, with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze in the bag by Day 5 of the Birmingham Games.
Singapore women’s table tennis team recaptures Gold
Singapore’s Gold was through the effort of its women’s table tennis team. They beat Malaysia 3-0 in the final on Monday (1 Aug) for the top spot on the podium.
This is Singapore’s first gold medal of the 2022 Games and it meant that the team recaptured the gold medal that evaded them in 2018. They were beaten by India in the final.
The men’s table tennis team bagged Singapore’s third silver after the team from India beat them to retain its title in the final on Tuesday (2 Aug).
After the match, India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta said, “We didn’t expect (Singapore) to play the level what they were playing today, but they put up a fantastic fight and we’re really happy that we could step it up and close the match in the way we did it.”
Singapore’s shuttlers claimed a bronze medal in the badminton mixed team event at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday (2 Aug), after beating England 3-0 in the third place play-off.
This was the team’s second victory over the hosts in this year’s competition – they won 4-1 in the group stage – and also avenged their loss to England at the 2018 Gold Coast Games where they finished fourth.
Despite a vocal home crowd at the National Exhibition Centre, mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Jessica Tan kept their composure to defeat Ben Lane and Lauren Smith 21-17, 25-23 and give Singapore the early lead.