Yip Pin Xiu clinches Singapore's second gold medal at Paralympics

September 16, 2016

National para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu has won a second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics on Friday morning (Sept 16), local media reported.

She came in first in the women's 50m backstroke S2 event with the timing of 1 min 00.33sec, followed by China's Feng Yazhu (1:02.66) and Ukraine's Iryna Sotska (1:17.22).

The 24-year-old also won the 100m back S2 event last week, and set a new world record of  2min 7.09sec.

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Yip is the first local athlete to win multiple medals at the Paralympic Games, Channel NewsAsia reported.

In 2008, she clinched her very first gold medal in 50m back S3 race at the same Paralympics Games held in Beijing, reported The Straits Times. 

The swimmer's latest win brings Singapore's medal tally at the Games up to three.

Her teammate Theresa Goh won a bronze medal in the women's 100m backstroke SB4.