Blog Posts by Lin Wenjian

  • Tao Li fails to make 100m butterfly final

    Singapore's Tao Li fails to make the 100m butterfly final after finishing 10th out of 16 semi-finalists (Gett)Singapore's Tao Li fails to make the 100m butterfly final after finishing 10th out of 16 semi-finalists (Gett)

    Singapore's swimming star Tao Li failed to qualify for the women's 100m butterfly finals at the London Olympics on Saturday.

    The 22-year-old, who is the Republic's best medal prospect in the pool, only managed to clock 58.18 seconds in the first semi-final held at the London Olympic Park's Aquatics Centre.

    She finished fourth in her race, behind Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (57.27s), Chinese duo Lu Ying (57.51s) and Jiao Liuyang (58.04s).

    Despite managing to improve on the 58.34s timing she clocked during the morning heats, Tao's efforts placed her as the 10th fastest out of a field of 16 in the semi-finals. Only the top eight makes the final.

    America's Dana Vollmer continued her hot streak when she clocked the fastest qualifying time of 56.36s. Following behind were Australia's Alicia Coutts (56.85s) and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (57.25s).

    For Tao, her performance was a disappointment given that she had finished fifth in the same event at the last Games in Beijing four years ago.

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  • Shooting for Olympic glory

    Jasmine Ser (middle) won gold for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010 (AFP)Jasmine Ser (middle) won gold for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010 (AFP)

    In just another few days, Jasmine Ser can lay claim to an achievement that most of her peers can only dream about: Represent Singapore in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    For many, Ser's journey from schoolgirl shooter to being a part of the biggest sporting show on earth is just reward for her hard work.

    Since taking up the "unpopular sport" as an co-curricular activity in Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, Ser has regularly finished among the podium positions in various international and regional competitions.

    One of only 11 athletes handpicked for the elite Olympic Pathway Programme, a government initiative launched in 2006 to the tune of S$6.5 million dollars to help the cream of local athletes win medals at the 2012 Olympics, Ser was Singapore's Sportswoman of the Year in 2011 following gold medal performances at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2009 SEA Games.

    Backed by that sterling track record, the soft-spoken  21-year-old could be forgiven to think she has more than

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