Just over the last weekend, the Singapore leg of the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup took place here. Tao Li, Singapore’s female swimming sensation, managed to bring home two medals for us. Although she may only be 22 years of age, she knows that she is capable of great things.
First, on Saturday, she swam in front of a strong home crowd support of about 1,200, in the women’s 100-metre butterfly. She managed to clock a timing of 58.33 seconds to finish in second place, which was just short of Jeanette Ottesen Gray of Denmark, who finished first in 57.75. “I did not really expect to finish on the podium, especially after I finished fifth in the heats this morning. I’m very happy. I only realised I got second when I got out of the pool and head the crowd. It’s a good crowd, and seeing Singaporeans come out and cheer for us is a huge motivation,” stated Tao Li, who had not been having intensive training prior to the event.
When it came to the second day of the competition, it felt like deja vu all over again in the women’s 50m butterfly. Once again, she finished in second position with a timing of 25.78, behind Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray who came in first with a timing of 25.42. In fact, Tao Li had the fastest time in the heats. “I tried really hard for gold, but Jeanette was too fast! I’m happy with my results. My target was to win one medal, so to get two silvers, I think I did well. My biggest motivation was to swim well for the Singaporeans who came to support us. I just wanted a Singaporean to be on a podium, because we are swimming in Singapore after all,” she added.
In total, Singapore took back four medals. Aside from those two silver medals won by Tao Li, Jerryl Yong also added a bronze medal to Singapore’s tally from the men’s 200m butterfly. The last medal came from a mixed 4x50m freestyle relay consisting of Mylene Ong, Amanda Lim, Arren Quek and Danny Yeo. They too brought back a bronze medal for Singapore. For the full story, you can read it here.