By Cheong Wei Ming in Jakarta & Jason Cai in Singapore
As all athletes will tell you, a good start matters. And that was exactly what Team Singapore achieved today (Nov 11) as the SEA Games competition in sports like canoeing and water polo got underway.
In Jakarta, canoeist Lucas Teo won Team Singapore’s first medal when he clinched silver in the men's 1,000m K1 event in a time of 4:00.63s. He finished just over five seconds behind Thailand's Wichan Jaitieng.
There were more medals from the canoeists competing at the Cipule Lake in the West Java province. Brandon Ooi and Daniel Ang took bronze in the men’s 1,000m K2 race. Lucas, Daniel, Tay Zi Qiang and Muhammad Syaheenul Aiman also combined well to win bronze in the men’s 1,000 K4 race.
At Least A Silver
Over in Palamebang, Singapore's women's water polo team trounced Malaysia 26-6 in their opening match at the Lumban Tirta Swimming Stadium. With this win, the girls have been assured of at least a silver medal. This is because there are only three teams in the tournament and Malaysia had lost their first match against hosts Indonesia 3-19 on Thursday. Overall the Singapore girls played well. The top performer was Mary Kan who scored seven goals.