Singapore's first medal at the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian (SEA) Games has come from an unexpected source as national archers Ang Han Teng, Alan Lee and Pang Toh Jin clinched the silver medal in the men's team compound event on Thursday (Aug 17), according to Straits Times.
The sixth seeded Singaporeans finished runners-up in the event after narrowly losing the gold, with a final score of 222-228 to hosts Malaysia's team of Lee Kin Lip, JuwaidiMazuki and ZulfadhliRuslan in the final at the National Sports Centre in Bukit Jalil, as reported by Today.
According to reports from Channel News Asia,archers Ang Han Teng, Alan Lee and Pang Toh Jin opened Singapore's medal account for the SEA Games after clinching silver in the men's team compound event.
The Singaporeans had embarked on a giant-killing run, prevailing 226-225 against a third-seed Indonesian team that included reigning individual compound champion Prima WisnuWardhana and his compatriots Sapriatno and Akbar Yoke Rizaldi.
Ang, Lee and Toh had reached the final following their surprise victory in the semis over the Philippines earlier in the day.
The Singapore team beat Philippines' second-seeded team of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton DelaCruz 233-227 in the semi-finals, recording their personal best score of 233 in the process.
This is the first medal that Singapore's archers have won in this event at the biennial Games.
Singapore won two bronze medals in archery - in the men's individual and team recurve events - at the previous Games on home soil.
The Republic won two bronze medals at the last Games in Singapore two years ago in the men's individual and team recurve event.
Chan Jing Ru was the Republic's last Games archery champion. She won the women's individual recurve at the 2013 edition in Myanmar.
Sam Tan was Singapore's only other gold medallist in archery. She won two golds (individual women 70m and individual overall) at the 1983 Singapore Games.
In the women's team compound event, Singaporeans Christina Gunawan, Low Luan Eng and Madeleine Ong, unfortunately, didn't have a similar fate to their male counterparts as they lost 211-226 to Vietnam in the quarter-finals.