Commonwealth Games 2022: Team Singapore make waves at the pool, clinch silver

  • Singapore swimmers took home the silver for 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Team Singapore is on track with its medal tally, with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze by Day 5 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
  • TheHomeGround Asia takes a look back at its performance so far.
Para swimmer Toh Wei Soong clinched a silver medal after finishing second in 29.01 seconds. (Photo source: Team Singapore)
Para swimmer Toh Wei Soong clinched a silver medal after finishing second in 29.01 seconds. (Photo source: Team Singapore)

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.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Team Singapore make waves at the pool, clinched silver
Off the block in full determination, Teong Tzen Wei brought in Singapore’s first medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Photo source: Reuters)

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.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Team Singapore make waves at the pool, clinched silver
Feng Tianwei in action for Singapore’s golden campaign. (Photo: Commonwealth Games Singapore)

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.”

Commonwealth Games 2022: Team Singapore make waves at the pool, clinched silver
Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong and Koen Pang Yew En in action against India’s Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. (Photo: Commonwealth Games Singapore)

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.

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