Singapore continued to dominate the SEA Games swimming competition this evening as the Republic grabbed four more golds and set four new meet records on the third night of action in the pool.
Tao Li captured her second and third individual golds and set two new SEA Games marks as she won the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly to add to her earlier win in the 200m backstroke on Thursday.
Her time of 1min 02.96sec in the 100m backstroke smashed her own SEA Games mark of 1:03.83 which she had set at the 2005 Manila Games while her 59.24sec effort in the butterfly erased Joscelin Yeo’s record of 59.91sec.
Singapore’s Shana Lim was second in the 100m backstroke.
Lynette Lim also had a night to remember as she avenged her defeat in the 400m freestyle by easily winning the 800m freestyle.
The 17-year-old US-based swimmer had been pipped to the 400m gold by Malaysian rival Khoo Cai Lin yesterday but this evening, Khoo simply had no answer as Lynette powered home in 8:35.41, 10 seconds ahead of her (8:45.36).
Lynette’s time also sliced seven seconds off her national record of 8:42.16 which she had set at the World Championships in Rome in August.
The Singapore quartet of Russell Ong, Joshua Lim, Danny Yeo and Zach Ong then won Singapore’s final gold of the night when they captured the 4x100m freestyle relay gold.
Their winning time of 3:23.22sec was also both a new SEA Games record and a new national record (old record: 3:26.70). The Philippines were second, while Indonesia took the bronze.
Singapore’s four golds tonight means that it has now won 10 golds in swimming. The team had won 11* golds at the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand
( *Note: My thanks to Marrisab for pointing out that Singapore had won 11, not 14, golds in Korat)
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan