Straits Times: Asean Para Games: Swimmer Toh Wei Soong clinches first gold for Singapore

Para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong clocked 1min 7.53sec to win the 100m S7 freestyle race.

Alvin Chia

SINGAPORE - Para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong won Singapore's first gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games on Monday (Sept 18).

The 19-year-old Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student clocked 1min 7.53sec to win the 100m S7 freestyle race, ahead of Thailand's Kaweewat Sittichaiphonniti (1:14.89) and Indonesia's Suriansyah (1:17.31).

Toh said: "I am satisfied with my performance, I felt that I have done my best, I went up against some challenging opponents. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here and compete."

His winning time is also a new APG record in his class. He won three golds at the last Games held in Singapore, but in the S8 class. The lower the number, the more severe the disability.

Toh has transverse myelitis which restricts his usage of his lower legs.

Singapore's most bemedalled athlete at the APG with 29 golds and 1 bronze, Theresa Goh, won a silver in the 100m S6 freestyle event on Monday at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre.

The 30-year-old, who usually competes in the S5 class, finished in 1:42.64, behind Indonesia's Laura Aurelia Dind (1:30.27). Indonesian Riyanti claimed the bronze in 1:50.91.