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Slalom of gold

It was double joy for Singapore in the open men's and women's individual slalom events on Saturday (June 13) at the Bedok Reservoir.

Sasha Christian and Mark Leong each took home gold.

After breaking the National and SEA Games record in the men's slalom during his semi-finals on Friday with a score of 2.5 bouys at a maximum speed of 58 kmh and a rope length of 12.00m, Singaporean waterskiier Mark Leong did it again in his slalom finals to win the gold.

Under pressure from Indonesian Indra Hardinata, who led with a score of 2.00 bouys at 12.00m, the 17-year-old kept his nerve to clear 3.00 bouys, a new national and SEA Games record and a new personal best.

Former F1 driver Alex Yoong settled for the bronze.

In the women's individual slalom, golden girl Sasha Christian made it two golds in two days, following up her individual wakeboard gold on Friday with another one in Saturday's event.

She made it look easy, clearing three bouys at a maximum speed of 55 km/h with a 13.00m rope, two more than second-placed Indonesian Ummu Thoyibhatus Sholikah, who managed one bouy at the same speed and rope length.

Another Singaporean Kalya Kee picked up the bronze with 5.00 bouys at 55 kmh and 14.25m.


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