Calvin Sim after his victory at the SEA Games 2017. Source: Today

On Sunday, 28th August 2017, Luo Yiwei clinched the Republic’s first SEA Games silver in the women’s track cycling. The very next day, national cyclist Calvin Sim topped it off with a gold medal in track cycling. This victory comes after a 20 year drought where Bernard Wong attained gold in the point race event in the 1997 Jakarta Games.

The 27-year old cyclist scored 140 points to come up tops amid 11 other competitors in the omnium event. This is his maiden track event since he competed in the 2009 edition in road.

Sim was in the fourth and final leg of the one-day endurance race, riding 5th place with 56 points. Taking the lead were Malaysia’s powerhouse cyclists,  Sofian Nabil Omar M. Bakri and M. Zawawi Azman, with 112 points and 100 points respectively.

However, the Singaporean exerted tremendous willpower and raced ahead of Bakri, who finished second with 136. Indonesia’s Nandra Eko Wahyudi came a narrow third with 135 points.

This story was published in the Straits Times.

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