Hooi wins af­ter play­ing through pain

The New Paper - - RACING -

Sin­ga­pore youth shut­tler Jaslyn Hooi over­came not only a deficit, but also the pain bar­rier, to win her women’s sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, on Wed­nes­day.

She hurt her an­kle while div­ing to re­ceive the shut­tle­cock as she trailed 15-17 in the sec­ond game of her quar­ter-fi­nal with Jen­nie Gai of the US.

But Jaslyn, 18, grit­ted her teeth and grabbed an­other six points to win 21-16, 21-18 and seal her spot in the semi-fi­nals, where she will meet sec­ond seed Wang Zhiyi of China.

“When I was in­jured, I thought I couldn’t make it any more. But my coach said, ‘Just try, just fight.’,” she said.

“I knew I was in­jured, so I might have a dis­ad­van­tage, but I tried not to think about it. I told my­self to fo­cus, look for­ward, and don’t think about the past.

She is not the only ath­lete who per­formed be­yond their own ex­pec­ta­tions. Over in the pool, swim­mer Max­imil­lian Ang, 17, achieved a sec­ond per­sonal best at the YOG.

On Wed­nes­day, he clocked 2:16.90 in the 200m breast­stroke heats, eclips­ing his pre­vi­ous mark of 2:17.19.

On Mon­day, he had also low­ered his best tim­ing for the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley from 2:06. 71 to 2:05.96.

PHOTO: SIN­GA­PORE BAD­MINTON AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Jaslyn Hooi.

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