Canoeists hold nerve for clean sweep
Singapore's women's canoeing team made it a clean sweep of three gold medals on Monday (June 8) - but only just.
After winning the previous two races by some distance, it went down to the wire in the morning's final race, the K2 500m.
The tension hung heavily in the air as the crowd at the Marina Channel saw Singaporean pair Stephenie Chen and Suzanne Seah neck and neck with Thailand's Kanokpan Suansan and Woraporn Boonyuhong from the halfway mark to the finish line.
But they managed to pull away in the very final strokes to win with a time of 1 min and 45.951sec - with Thailand trailing by just 0.620 seconds.
Chen had won a gold earlier in the K1 500m race, pipping 2013 SEA Games gold medalist, Indonesian Erni Sokoy with a comfortable lead of 4.455 seconds.
In the K4, Chen's younger sister Sarah also nabbed the gold with fellow paddlers Geraldine Lee, Annabelle Ng and Soh Sze Ying, a SEA Games first for Singapore in the category.
They won with a time of 1:39.506 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of the second-placed Thais.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 9.
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