Figure Skating: Singapore’s Pagiel Sng wins SEA Open Trophy gold on home debut

SINGAPORE — Spinning and jumping to the beat, My Name, Pagiel Sng from Singapore made sure the judges remembered his name with a winning free skate on the final day of competition at the inaugural SEA Open Figure Skating Trophy on Sunday.

After taking the lead after his short program on Saturday, the 18-year-old scored 115.72 for a total of 172.12 to clinch the senior men’s gold medal to cheers from onlookers at The Rink at JCube.

New Zealand’s Douglas Gerber took the silver with 160.67 and Hong Kong’s Adonis Wong (153.37) the bronze.

Her victory in her first home competition was made even sweeter as the result also reached the minimum total element score required for the International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado. Springs, USA from February 7-12, 2023. He is the first Singaporean male figure skater to qualify for the event.

The teenager said he “started to overthink” ahead of his free skate program but his coach Robi Chalmers kept him focused on the jackpot as he relished the support of the home crowd.

He said: “The atmosphere was electric, the cheering, the applause, it was all so emotional that I literally felt my arms tingle. My dad and all my skater friends were there, it added a lot of pressure as I didn’t want to disappoint them and I wanted to make them proud.

“I feel extremely happy and relieved after putting on two good programs. I didn’t expect to get the gold medal, let alone, but I’m glad I did. It means my hard work has paid off. its fruits and that even though Singapore is a small and tropical country, we can still compete and do well.”

Although he was unable to train overseas with his trainer, Pagiel, who finished fifth on his SEA Games debut in the Philippines in 2019, said he had “progressed tremendously and is even became the first Singaporean to attempt to land a clean quad of any kind”. .

He is preparing for the Junior Grand Prix in Egna-Neumarkt, Italy, in October and aims to qualify for the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in February 2023.

Sanctioned by the ISU and the Asian Skating Union, the SEA Open Figure Skating Trophy brought together 110 skaters from 12 countries, including regional rivals Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as the Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea. This is the first time that Singapore has hosted an international skating competition.

Park Yeon-jeong won the senior women’s title as Asian powerhouse South Korea won three more gold medals (junior men, advanced novice boys, intermediate novice girls), while Chinese Taipei won two gold medals. gold in basic and advanced novice girls.

Alison Chan, President of the Singapore Ice Skating Association, said on Sunday: “We congratulate Pagiel on his clean and confident skating, as well as achieving his targets at the SEA Trophy.

“We received very positive feedback from the participating countries. We are deeply grateful for the cooperation and support in the region to organize this competition in order to develop our sport and develop our skaters.”

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