Surprizes

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Singapore's Mark Lee and Timothy Lee in the men's 3m springboard synchronised diving finals. They won silver.

NAYPYIDAW- Myanmar 2013 will be remembered by Singaporeans as one when their young athletes ended long droughts.

DIPNA LIM-PRASAD

Bronze in women's 400m hurdles in 59.96s (national record) - first individual sprint medal since 1979

As with all other Singapore flag-bearers, Dipna carried along both the honour, as well as the expectations.

And even though she admitted to not running her best race, she still delivered the goods as the 22-year-old became first Singaporean woman to go under 60 seconds in the 400m hurdles.

A meeting with sprint legend Heather Merican last month must also have helped, as Dipna also became the first Singapore woman to win an individual sprint medal at the biennial meet since Merican's 100m hurdles bronze in 1979.

CHAN JING RU

Gold in women's archery, recurve individual - first gold since 1983 The Life Sciences degree holder is aiming for a PhD, but Chan was a picture of Peace, Hope and Determination in her recurve final.

It was the 23-year-old's first SEA Games and her first final in a major competition. But against strong and unpredictable winds, the tenacious lass came from behind twice in five ends to beat Indonesia's Titik Kusumawardani and end a 30-year-old gold drought in her sport.

The last Singaporean archer to win was Sam Tan, in the individual women's 70m and individual overall events when the Republic hosted the Games in 1983.

MOK YING REN

Gold in men's marathon in 2:28.35 - first-ever gold

No Singaporean had won the SEA Games marathon gold before Mok.

Still not impressed?

Due to national service, Mok, who is going through a Medical Officer course, arrived in Naypyidaw just a day before his race, slept for five hours, ran 42.195km in half that time, conquered and returned to his unit the next day.

Talk about a race against time, Mok is a clear winner.

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