How Gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu’s parents raised her to be a champion despite incurable illness

Para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu’s parents were 15 minutes late for the interview.

Apologising, Margaret Chong said she and her husband, Yip Chee Khiong, had been picking out Havaianas flip-flops from a shopping mall in Rio.

They were bringing home the popular Brazilian footwear brand for family members, though not for their only daughter, 24-year-old Pin Xiu.

The couple, both 61, were in Rio where they watched her compete in last Thursday’s (Friday morning, Singapore time) 50m backstroke S2 event, where she became the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the same Games.

Dad, a businessman, recalled how it was Pin Xiu’s inability to keep a pair of flip-flops on her feet that was the first hint something was amiss. At two, the toddler was unable to grip the straps with her toes or flex…

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