Games briefs

Singapore fail to qualify for women’s hockey final

Singapore’s women’s hockey team lost 1-0 to Thailand at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium last night to end their chances of entering a gold-medal match with Malaysia.

They will instead fight for bronze with Indonesia on Friday.

The Thais took the lead through Tikhamporn Sakunpithak in the ninth minute and it proved to be enough as they held on for a crucial win.

Thailand have it all to do against Malaysia in Friday’s final though, after losing to the same opponents 4-0 in the preliminary stage.

Indonesia defeat the Philippines to move ahead of Singapore

Indonesia beat the Philippines 2-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday to move ahead of Singapore into second place in Group A on goal difference.

Evan Dimas Darmono netted a first-half double for a comfortable win that put them three points behind Myanmar.

Singapore now need a win against Indonesia in their final group match tomorrow to secure a semi-final slot alongside Myanmar, who are already through.

In a Group B game yesterday, Laos beat Timor Leste 3-2 at Bishan Stadium, although the result mattered little as both teams are out of the running for the semis.

Thailand beat Vietnam for petanque mixed doubles gold

Thailand’s petanque mixed doubles pair of Sarawut Sriboonpeng and Nattaya Yoothong clinched top place at the Padang yesterday.

They proved too strong for Vietnam’s Thi Huyen Tran Ngo and Thach Lam Tran in the final, comfortably winning 13-4.

Beaten semi-finalists Laos and Cambodia settled for bronze.

Singapore’s duo of Cheng Zhi Ming and Nur Izzati finished outside of a podium place after winning two and losing six out of eight matches.

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Daphne strikes gold for bowling

Daphne Tan nabbed Singapore's first bowling gold of the 28th SEA Games.
Daphne Tan nabbed Singapore's first bowling gold of the 28th SEA Games.

Singaporean kegler Daphne Tan was unstoppable as she won the women's singles bowling gold at Orchid Country Club on Tuesday with a six-game total of 1,368 pinfalls.

In only her first game, she put together 10 strikes in a row after an opening spare, and finished with a nine for a score of 289, the highest game of the day.

Her average of 228 over six games was almost 10 points more than compatriot and runner-up Jazreel Tan.

Tan, the most bemedalled Singaporean athlete at the 2014 Asian Games, gave it as good as she got though.

She led by seven pinfalls going into the last game, but was eventually undone by two open frames.

Cherie Tan finished third with 1,294 pinfalls, but because the SEA Games diplomatic rules state that each country cannot win three medals in any single event, she had to give up the bronze medal to Malaysia's Esther Cheah, who was fourth.

Earlier, 18-year-old Malaysian Rafiq Ismail won the men's singles gold on his debut.

His six-game score of 1,308 beat Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon's by a mere three pinfalls. 

Singaporean Javier Tan took bronze with a score of 1,284.

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Man who died trying to save girlfriend deserves bravery award: inquest

Cruise ship Carnival Spirit docked in Sydney Harbour on April 22, 2015.

A man jumped off a cruise ship to try and save his girlfriend after she plunged overboard in the dark.

Miss Kristen Schroder, 26, apparently slipped after climbing over the fifth-level balcony of their cabin. 

Her boyfriend, Mr Paul Rossington, 30, jumped in to try and save her.

The couple went overboard just before 9pm on May 8, 2013, when the boat was about 60 nautical miles off the New South Wales coast.

The vessel, Carnival Spirit, had been on its way back to Australia following a 10-day Pacific Islands cruise.

Their disappearance was only noticed after they failed to disembark in Sydney.

There was a massive air and sea search for the pair, but their bodies were never recovered.

'He’s gone straight over after her'

An inquest heard that the pair, both Australian, had been arguing earlier in the evening.

Miss Schroder allegedly climbed over the cabin balcony.

Detective Sergeant Michael O’Keefe, the officer in charge of the case, said on Tuesday (June 9): "I think (Kristen) has slipped and fallen as she’s holding onto the rails.

"She holds that rail for approximately four seconds then hits the railing on the third deck and topples and somersaults into the water.

"When (Paul) has seen her slip he’s jumped out of bed and when she’s fallen he’s gone straight over after her."

Sergeant O’Keefe added that "he must have known that jumping out would most likely end with him losing his life".

He called for Mr Rossington to be awarded the Cross of Valour, Australia’s highest bravery honour.

The inquest heard there was little chance either survived for long.

After the ship docked, Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry said such incidents were rare and that the heights of railings on this particular vessel were higher than required by international protocols.

Source: AFP

S'pore swimmers continue hot streak

Singapore won four gold medals out of six SEA Games swimming finals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Tuesday.

First, Joseph Schooling won the men's 100 fly in a new Games record of 52.13, although it was off his national mark of 51.69.

Then, Tao Li won Singapore's 50th gold medal at this Games when she clocked 1:02.67 in the women's 100m back.

Quah Zheng Wen created history for Singapore when he won gold No. 51 in the men's 400 IM in 4:23.50.

With it, the Republic surpassed its best-ever gold medal haul of 50 at a single SEA Games, set on home ground in 1993.

The men's 400 free relay team then ended the night with a bang. The quartet of Joseph Schooling,  Danny Yeo, Clement Lim and Quah Zheng Wen clocked  3:19.59 to finish almost six seconds ahead of second-placed Malaysia.

The Republic also won silvers through Quah Ting Wen (women's 200 fly) and Pang Sheng Jun (men's 400 IM).

 

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Philippines demands gender test for Indonesian volleyball player

Screengrab of Aprilia Santini Manganang's biography on the SEA Games website.

UPDATE: The SEA Games Federation (SEAF) medical committee has rejected an appeal by the Philippines to subject Indonesian volleyball player Aprilia Santini Manganang to a gender verification test. Read the story here.

The Philippines has demanded that SEA Games organisers carry out a gender test on an Indonesian women’s volleyball player on Tuesday (June 9).

Philippines coach Roger Gorayeb singled out Indonesia’s Aprilia Santini Manganang because of her appearance and powerful physique, Filipino website inquirer.net said.

The Philippines’ delegation spokesman confirmed the request, but said she did not expect any test to be carried out before the game on Wednesday (June 10).

"After we filed it’s going to be the competition manager who will reply directly to the volleyball federation or to volleyball officials here," she told AFP.

Gender testing is highly controversial because of the psychological effects on the athlete and because the science of the process is murky and complex.

Manganang, 23, is expected to play Wednesday’s Pool B opener.

Inquirer.net quoted Gorayeb as saying: "She’s very powerful, it’s like putting a male in the female division."

He added: "Whether she plays or not, it doesn’t matter because we will be playing our best here."

While it is unknown whether authorities will grant the Philippines’ request, previous gender cases have dragged on over long periods, to the detriment of the athlete involved.

South African runner Caster Semenya, the former 800m world champion, underwent a series of humiliating tests before finally being cleared to compete.

And Indian sprinter Dutee Chand is currently fighting her ban by Indian authorities after a gender test showed up elevated levels of testosterone.

"It’s so cruel. God has made me the way I am. I don’t want to change anything and I also don’t want to give up sports," Chand, 19, told AFP last year.

Source: AFP

Boy in a top hat shows the world how to be a gentleman in front of the Queen

Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi shakes the hand of Queen Elizabeth II at the Epsom Derby in Dubai.
Mohammed Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi shakes the hand of Queen Elizabeth II at the Epsom Derby in Dubai.

This is how to behave like a proper gentleman.

Little Mohammed Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi gave men everywhere a lesson in proper manners when he met Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Epsom Derby in Dubai.

When the youngster, who was clad in a rather dapper suit and top hat, caught the attention of the monarch - presumably addressing her with a posh British accent - Mohammed promptly doffed his fancy headgear and extended his hand for a firm handshake, before slinking off with a wide grin on his face.

 

 

Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake!

Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake! Epsom Derby with Queen Elizabeth II

Posted by Hamdan Al Maktoum on Saturday, 6 June 2015

 

The endearing scene was uploaded on Facebook by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Mohd al Maktoum, who, according to the Mail Online, is a close acquaintance of Mohammed.

Guys, do take note.

Source: Mail Online, Facebook

Singapore sailors continue hot streak

Bernie Chin won one of Singapore four gold medals in sailing on Tuesday.
Bernie Chin won one of Singapore four gold medals in sailing on Tuesday.

Singapore sailors were riding high on Tuesday as they brought home four golds and a silver from their SEA Games events at East Coast Park.

Olympian Colin Cheng and Bernie Chin swept the gold medals for the male events by winning the Laser Standard and Youth Laser Radial (under-19).

Both of Singapore's keelboat teams also clinched Fleet Racing Keelboat golds, with Anthony Kiong, Stanley Chan and Colin Ng winning the men's fleet while the women's team comprised of Jovina Choo, Dawn Liu, Daniella Ng and Terena Lam.

In the women's Laser Radial class, Victoria Chan clinched silver for the Republic.

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Singapore smashes previous best SEA Games haul

Quah Zheng Wen smashed Singapore's previous best SEA Games gold medal haul by winning the Republic's 51st gold at the 28th SEA Games.
Quah Zheng Wen smashed Singapore's previous best SEA Games gold medal haul by winning the Republic's 51st gold at the 28th SEA Games.

Swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has won Singapore's 51st gold medal at the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games on Tuesday night at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The 18-year-old clocked 4:23.50 to win the men's 400m individual medley to defend his title from the 2013 Games in Myanmar.

Before him, Joseph Schooling took the gold in the men's 100 fly, while Tao Li won the gold in the women's 100 back.


Quah Zheng Wen celebrates winning Singapore's 51st gold medal of the 28th SEA Games with his fellow medallists from the men's 400m individual medley. PHOTO: SINGSOC / REUTERS VIA ACTION IMAGES

The Republic has now surpassed its previous best tally of 50 golds at a single SEA Games, achieved when the nation last hosted the Games in 1993.

The hosts are likely to win even more medals before the closing ceremony on June 16, with swimming, sailing, and bowling events still ongoing.

These sports are traditional gold mines for the Republic.

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