Swimmer Quah Ting Wen emerged as the top female swimmer of the Asian Youth Games tonight after she won two more gold medals and set two new national records.
The 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior College) student – who won the 50m and 200m freestyle golds, the latter in a new record-breaking time, before tonight – added the 100m freestyle gold to her name before helping the Republic to win the Girls 4x100m freestyle relay.
Both golds were also won in new record times.
Fending off compatriot Amanda Lim for the second time in two days, Ting Wen took the 100m free in 55.57sec, slicing 0.08sec off her national record of 55.65sec.
It was the third time she had broken the record this year, after having eclipsed it at the 40th National Age-Group Championships in March and then at the 5th National Swimming Championships in June.
Amanda, who also lost the 50m freestyle to Ting Wen by a whisker yesterday, did her best tonight but was the Singapore Sports School student never able to edge in front of her arch-rival at any time of the race and eventually took the silver in 56.24sec.
South Korea’s Kim Junghye was third in 56.39sec.
But Amanda finally did win the gold which had been eluding her throughout the competition. She was part of the triumphant 4x100m freestyle team which completely dominated tonight’s final.
The other members of the quartet were Koh Hui Yu, Ting Wen and Lynette Lim.
Singapore initially trailing in third spot after the first leg as Hui Yu valiantly tried to keep up with her stronger rivals but Singapore’s fortunes started to turn after Ting Wen dived in. She made up on lost ground and by the time she touched home to launch Amanda into the pool, Singapore had a three-second lead over nearest rival Hong Kong.
By the time, Amanda swopped with Lyneete, Singapore was a body length ahead. And the 400m and 800m freestyle specialist turned that into a two-body length lead as she stepped on the gas.
Then came the best news of the night. The moment Lynette touched home, the timing board flashed: 3min 46.91sec, and the screams of the crowd reverberated through the Singapore Sports School’s swimming arena.
Singapore had destroyed the three-year-old national 4x100m record of 3:53.33sec – set at the 2006 Asian Games – by a whopping seven seconds.
South Korea finished second in 3:50.56 while China took the bronze in 3:51.34.
Singapore won a total of five golds, two silvers and five bronzes in swimmng at the Asian Youth Games. The Republic’s swimmers also set six new national records.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan