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ADRENALIN-PUMPED AND REARING TO GO:  Super Featherweight Ariel Barotillo facing off with his Chinese opponent Xu Cong Liang (Left).(PHOTO: LEE SIYING)


Red clearly was the colour of the victors as successively, even in the main event, the boxer donning the red gown emerged victorious.

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IN TOP FORM:  Singapore’s Mohammad Nor Rizan taking on his Chinese Opponent Mao Yi Jun. (PHOTO: LEE SI YING)
 
Determination is a sheer force to be reckoned with, in all forms of sport.
 
The sport of boxing is no different.
 
And determination was clearly evident by Singaporean boxer, Mohamad Nor Rizan’s upon his return to the boxing ring after his departure back in 2007.

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THE NEW PAN-ASIAN CHAMPION: Maragin “Dinamata” Marbun  was no match for Guyanese Leon Moore
 
With five world boxing championship titles under his wing, Leon Moore is certainly a man who appears to be in a hurry.
 
Throughout his bout against Indonesian Maragin “Dinamata” Marbun at the Professional Championship Boxing - A New Beginning held at Suntec City on 16 January 2010, Moore used his height to his advantage in his outstretched Southpaw stance, common with left-handed fighters.

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Picture courtesy of Singapore Bowling

One is retiring after an illustrious career while the other is just beginning to show true potential. This week, both made the news, with shuttler Ronald Susilo calling it quits after 11 years as a pro and young bowler Cherie Tan (pictured) coming in third in a tournament in Finland.

Ronald Susilo

After 11 years as professional badminton player, Susilo plans to retire from the national team in March. Following this, he hopes to open his own badminton academy. Given his credentials, this seems a natural choice. After turning pro in 1998, he quickly established himself as Singapore's No. 1. By 2004, he was ranked world No. 6. That year, he made major breakthroughs. For instance, he reached the All-England men's singles semi-finals, clinched the Japan Open, and defeated then-world No. 1 Lin Dan of China in the Athens Olympics.

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A New Home: After 23 months of searching and building the race track, Kartright Speedway is ready to take off.
 
One would hardly think to find Singapore’s first permanent competition-length karting race track to be located directly opposite an Army training camp and enclosed by an industrial factory. However, despite the lack of a scenic and more glamorous background, it makes perfect sense. This 750 m race track is located at a place where the roar and hum of the race karts are nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from being minutes away from two bus stops and the Joo Koon MRT station, the race track, aptly named Kartright Speedway, is complemented by a pro shop for drivers, an indoor kart storage room, spacious public viewing galleries and F&B outlets.
 

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Michael LeBlanc (right) driving up under the close supervision of Chee Li Wei (left) Picture by Sharry Lee
 
The last clash between these two growing titans resulted in the KL Dragons smashing the Singapore Slingers' perfect home record in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) with a 84 - 74 victory. The 200-strong Malaysian fans who turned up at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on that fateful day on the 22nd of November were overawed local fans with a raw enthusiasm that could not be matched by the home fans, creating "an atmosphere that was practically like our (the Dragons') home stadium", according to Dragons’ team owner Ruben Gnanalingam. 

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The paddlers and sailors continued to dominate local sports news with fine performances as the new year began. Leading the way was Feng Tianwei who, playing in the women's singles, entered the semi finals of the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation Pro Tour Grand Finals in Macau.

Table Tennis
The world No. 6 was eventually beaten in the last four as she fell 1-11, 11-6, 11-4, 2-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11 to China's Ding Ning, ranked world No. 7. But she did enough to reaffirm her status as Singapore's best and one of the world's best. One highlight was her win (11-2, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9) over South Korea's Park Mi Young. Another Team Singapore paddler who shone was Yu Mengyu who beat Romania's Daniela Dodean 11-9, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 to claim the Under-21 women's singles title. She also made the women's singles quarter-finals before losing to China's Ding Ning (11-5, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6). In the men's doubles, Gao Ning and Yang Zi were hoping to retain their title but crashed 6-11, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5, 5-11 to Germany's Timo Boll and Christian Suss. Still overall, our padders' performances were commendable.

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With the SEA Games in Vientiane over and a new year ahead, Team Singapore athletes continue our quest for sporting honours by taking part in other regional competitions.

 

Sailing

Leading the way are the sailors who did not feature in the SEA Games. Competing at the Australian Laser National Championships in Adelaide, Koh Seng Leong won the Radial title as he edged out closest rival, Malaysian Mohd Romzi. There was success for reigning world youth champion Elizabeth Yin too as she clinched the Radial women's title, with team mate Victoria Chan finishing third. Fellow sailors Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng had delivered earlier at the Australian 420 Nationals as they took the Men's and Open title in Adelaide , ahead of Aussies Matthew Jerwood and Patrick Vos. Teammates Griselda Khng and Cecilia Low  came close to victory. They finished second in the women's event, just behind Australia's Lucy Shephard and Amelia Catt.

 

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The Rsx's making waves at the SIM 29th Singapore Open.
 
Light winds greeted competitions of the SIM 29th Singapore Open on the third and final day of the race. The 10 - 25 knots wind forecast for the day never came and only two races were ran in the RS:X, Techno 293, IMCO and Raceboard classes.
 
In the RS:X class, it was a close fight between South Korean’s Kwon Ohhan (KOR 82) and Philippines’ Reneric Moreno (PHI 76). Kwon beat Reneric by 3 points after a 11 races and 2 discards while Singapore’s Joshua Choo took third position.
 
It was an equally close fight in the Techno 293 Boys and Girls classes. In the Techno 293 (Boy) class, Korea’s Kim Chaneui (7) denied Thailand’s Kitpatchai (THA 25) the overall win with a mere one point lead over Kim while in the Techno 293 (Girl) Class, Thailand’s Sarocha Promprai (THA 55) was tied with teammate Paphawadee (THA 56) at 12 points but took first position. Singapore’s Amanda Ng (SIN 15) beat Asian Youth Games Bronze Medalist Audrey Yong (SIN 11) to take home the third prize.
 
In the Formula class, Philippines’ Geylord Coveta was unrivalled, clinching top position after 5 straight wins. Lying in second place is Singapore’s Goh Thye Hock while Great Britain’s Christopher Newman came in third.
 
 
By: Chua Hsin Ee

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Girls having fun under the sun at the Contiki Beach Netball Festival 2009. Picture courtesy of Band Public Relations 

Contiki Holidays, the worldwide leader in holidays designed especially for 18 to 35 year-olds, has renewed its partnership with Netball Singapore to host the Contiki Beach Netball Festival. Into its second consecutive year, this year’s event will be held on the hottest spot in Sentosa, the Wave House @ Siloso Beach on Sunday 7 March 2010 from 9am to 6pm.

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