Lions Lose; Tao Li Surprises; Fencers Clinch Medals

In regional football, 

Singapore lost 1-0 to the Philippines in a friendly match in Cebu last night. 

Marwin Angeles struck the winner after 52 minutes for the home side. 

Both teams are using the match to prepare for this month's ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which will be co-hosted by Malaysia and Thailand. 

The Lions will open their campaign in Group B with defending champions Malaysia in 9 days, while the Philippines play their opener against Thailand in Group A.




In swimming, 

Singapore's Tao Li has won a surprise bronze medal at the Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai. 

The 22 year-old came in 3rd in the 50mbackstroke in 29.19 seconds behind Chinese duo Zhao Jing and Fu Yuanhui. 

That's just 0.3 seconds over her personal best in the event. 

Tao Li is coming off winning 2 silver medals at the FINA/Arena World Cup Short Course event last week, where she swam in the 50 and 100 Fly sprints. 

The World Championships in Barcelona and the SEA Games in Myanmar remain her priorities for next year.



In fencing, 

Singapore bagged two more medals at the at the ongoing Southeast Asian Fencing Federation Championship. 

The women's foil team of Cheryl Wong, Wang Wenying, Joan Ang and Lau Ysien clinched the silver after a 45-31 defeat to host nation Vietnam in the final. 

And the Republic's men's Epee team won the bronze after falling to Vietnam's Team 1, 45-40 in the semi-finals.