Theresa Goh wins first medal at Paralympics
Singapore swimmer Theresa Goh clinched a bronze in the women's 100m breast stroke SB4 event at the Rio Paralympics on Monday (Sept 12) morning (Singapore time).
The 29-year-old clocked 1min 55.55 to finish third, behind Norway's world-record holder Sarah Louise Rung (1:44.94), and Italy's Giulia Ghiretti (1:50.58).
Goh had qualified for the final in second place behind Rung, after clocking a new Asian best time of 1:54.50 on Sunday night, beating her own previous continental mark of 1:59.80.
The Singaporean, who has spina bifida, started the final well and was neck and neck with Rung in the first 25m, but the Norwegian started to pull away after that. Goh turned after the first 50m in second place, but Italy's Ghiretti caught up with the Singaporean in the last 25m to take the silver medal.
This was Goh's first Paralympic medal after four Paralympic campaigns, after making her debut in Athens in 2004.
Goh's bronze is the second medal Singapore have won in Rio so far, after her teammate Yip Pin Xiu won the women's 100m back S2 event in a new world record of time of 2:07.09 last Friday (Sept 9).