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Yip Pin Xiu Wins Paralympic Silver Medal In Swimming

Yip Pin Xiu has done Singapore proud by winning a Paralympic silver medal at the Paralympic Games in a swimming competition. This is Singapore's very first silver medal won at the Paralympic Games, in swimming or any other Paralympic event.

Her mighty Paralympic silver medal win and achievement in the women's 50-metre freestyle in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games came after she touched home in a time of 57.43 seconds to earn a Paralympic Games silver medal in the swimming competition.

While she had set a Paralympic world record at the swimming heats earlier in the Paralympic Games in a time of 57.04 seconds, she was not able to reproduce that burst of speed to beat the time of 57.05 seconds set by Paralympic gold medal winner, Mexico's Patricia Valle.

Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was there to witness the historic Beijing 2008 Paralympic swimming event. He presented not medals but flowers for her Paralympic Swimming Games event later that day.

In gratitude to the efforts shown by her trainer and coach, Yip Pin Xiu presented the Paralympic silver medal to her coach from Singapore, Ang Peng Siong. She was quoted to have said, "Happy, because it is the first silver for the Paralympics, for the swimming," when asked how she felt about her Paralympic Games win.

This stupendous Paralympic silver medal win by Singaporean swimmer Yip Pin Xiu is a historic moment for Singapore. Such a great Paralympic Games achievement deserves the greatest accolade from all Singaporeans.

We are proud of you! Keep up the fantastic work and win more Paralympic gold, silver or bronze medals for yourself and Singapore in the future!

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