Another Singaporean has clinched gold in swimming

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Singapore para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu broke the world record to win gold in the 100m backstroke S2 event on Saturday (Sept 10) morning (Singapore time).

This is Singapore’s first medal at the Rio Paralympics, which began on Thursday.

The 24-year-old clocked 2min 7.09sec at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio, faster than China’s Feng Yazhu (2min 18.65sec) and Ukraine’s Iryna Sotska (2min 21.98sec), who won silver and bronze respectively.

The PAP elites were quick to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ to congratulate her win.

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Heck even the our 154th ranked freedom of press newspaper put her as cover page

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All that’s missing  is Dr Lee Bee Wah claiming credit  for this recent win.

Also missing are the sponsors, the countless Joseph Schooling fans, the change in profile pics and even the victory parade.

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Please dont get us wrong. Schooling is one heck of a gentleman. He congratulated Yip Pin for her fantastic win.

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The endorsements, publicity and prize money that Olympians receive are mostly funded by private organisations.

The government’s  recognition of our paralympians is not enough, corporate sponsors too must recognise their worth and dedication to the sport.

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