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Tokyo Paralympics: Defending champion Yip Pin Xiu advances to 50m backstroke S2 final

SINGAPORE — Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on Thursday (Sept 2) advanced to the final of the 50m backstroke S2 event at the Tokyo Paralympics, moving one step closer to defending the gold medal she won at the Rio Games.

Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu in a file photo following her gold medal in the the women's 100m backstroke swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Aug 25, 2021.

Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu in a file photo following her gold medal in the the women's 100m backstroke swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Aug 25, 2021.

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SINGAPORE — Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on Thursday (Sept 2) advanced to the final of the 50m backstroke S2 event at the Tokyo Paralympics, moving one step closer to defending the gold medal she won at the Rio Games.

Yip dominated her heat, finishing first in a time of 1:03.61 at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. She is the current world record holder in this event.

She goes into the final on Thursday evening as the top qualifier, almost six seconds ahead of Japan's Miyuki Yamada.

Yip won gold in the 100m backstroke S2 a week ago, her fourth overall, dating back to the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

The former Nominated Member of Parliament is also a multiple medal winner at the World Championships and Asian Para Games. CNA

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