Singapore Paralympians Become Lego Immortalised as Minifigs


Lego has honoured Singapore Paralympians Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh with two look-alike minifigurines – complete with matching swimmers and medals – to celebrate their achievements in Rio.

Pin Xiu took home Singapore’s first medal in Rio winning the 100m S2 backstroke event.

The 24-year-old, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, broke the world record with a time of 2:07.09.

Teammate Goh won bronze in the 100m backstroke SB4, her first win from four Paralympic Games since making her debut in Athens in 2004.

The toy manufacturer posted a photo of the immortalised athletes on their Facebook page, receiving more than 4,000 reactions.

In a comment to Lego’s post, Goh replied: “Hahahah oh man this is great! Thank you!!”

Lego has launched a five piece Paralympics set to “celebrate sporting achievement and overcome adversity”.

Those sentiments were expressed in a personal Instagram post from Pin Xiu.

“Nobody knows our journey like us,” he said.

The athlete was recently reclassified as an S2 swimmer as her condition worsens and progressively weakens her bones.

Pin Xiu is hoping to take home a second gold, if she wins the 50m backstroke, which will make her the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the same Games.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated the swimmer on Facebook.

“Pin Xiu, you have made Singapore very proud today,” he said.

The toy brickmaker’s range of collectible figurines, which range from Superheroes to Star Wars characters are extremely popular with fans.





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