SINGAPORE — Two Paralympics, four golds. Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu continued her dominance in the women’s backstroke (S2) races on Thursday (2 September), as she swept to her second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The 29-year-old clocked 1 minute 2.04 seconds to retain her women’s 50m backstroke (S2) Paralympic title at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, 4.94 seconds ahead of silver-medallist Miyuki Yamada of Japan (1:06.98). China’s Feng Yazhu took the bronze medal in 1:11.55.
The result means that Yip equalled her two-gold effort at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, although she did not set world records along with her victories as she had done five years ago.
The two golds are the only Paralympic medals won by Singapore so far in Tokyo, with only swimmer Toh Wei Soong left to compete in the final three days of competition.
During the morning heats, Yip had qualified fastest among nine competitors in a time of 1:03.61, 5.83 seconds ahead of second-fastest qualifier Yamada. She holds the world record of this event at 59.38sec, set during her gold-medal swim at the Rio Games.
Prior to her two golds in Tokyo, Yip – who has a muscular dystrophy condition that causes the muscles on her limbs to degenerate – had already won three golds and one silver since making her Paralympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The former Nominated Member of Parliament won her first gold in the women’s 50m backstroke (S3) event in Beijing, and as her muscles degenerated with age, she moved to the S2 category and won another two golds in Rio, setting world records in the women’s 50m and 100m backstroke races.
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