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SEA Games: Tears for U-23 football team, joy for shooters and bittersweet day for swimmers

Singapore won two more individual golds in swimming this evening but in a surprise twist, star swimmer Quah Ting Wen, was not the recipient of either.

Instead, it was Singapore Sports School students Amanda Lim and Tao Li who delivered the goods in the 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly finals respectively.

Constantly in the shadow of Ting Wen, her more illustrious peer, 16-year-old Amanda finally emerged as a star in her own right this evening when she defeated Ting Wen in the 50m freestyle.

In a repeat of their clash in the same event at the Asian Youth Games in July, Amanda found herself neck-to-neck with Ting Wen in the first 25m.*

But this time, the Singapore Sports School student, who is coached by Peter Churchill, gradually pulled away from her arch-rival to touch home in a new SEA Games record time of 25.82sec.* The time was 0.31sec faster than the old record of 26.13sec.  Ting Wen was second in 25,88sec.

However, Amanda’s time will not be a new national record as the time was slower than her national mark of 25.38sec which she had set in the semi-finals during the  AYG.*

It was then Tao Li’s turn to shine. And the 19-year-old Singapore Sports School student was simply in a class of her own as she defeated Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin by four bodylengths in the 200m butterfly final. Her time of 2:13.489 also broke the SEA Games record of 2:14.11.

Tao Li’s gold was her fourth individual title of the SEA Games – she had also won the 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly before tonight’s final — and her fifth in total.  She had also helped Singapore to win in the 4x100m medley relay.

Ting Wen, on the other hand, couldn’t end her Vientiane campaign on a golden note.

Looking visibly tired, the 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior College) student seemed to run out of steam in the 400m individual medley, her final event of the Games. She eventually finished second in 4min 56.32sec, more than a second behind Thailand’s Nattanan Jung-kra-jan, who won in 4:55.07. Koh Hui Yi clinched the bronze with her time of 4:56.73.

Nor could Singapore end the swimming competition with a sweep of all the relays. Despite their best efforts, the quartet of Rainer Ng, Ng Jia Hao, Clement Lim and Russell Ong could not win relay gold No. 6 in the men’s 4x100m medley relay They took the silver instead in 3:44.15, behind winners Indonesia, who clocked a new Games record of 3:41.72.

But there was at least a small consolation for the quartet – their time was a new national record, slicing four seconds off the 3:48.78 that they had set at the World Championships in Rome in August.

Meanwhile, our shooters continued their golden run by winning a sixth gold. The team of Gai Bin, Poh Lip Meng and Nigel Lim won the 50m pistol team event – their second team gold after the 10m air pistol team event – with a combined score of 1,646. Vietnam (1,618) and Thailand (1615) came in second and third respectively.

But there were tears on the football pitch as Singapore’s hopes of reaching the final of the SEA Games football competition ended with a 1-4 drubbing by Vietnam in the semi-finals.

Singapore took the lead in the 27th minute through striker Khairul Nizam but Vietnam overturned the deficit into a 2-1 lead by half-time, thanks to goals from Phan Thanh Binh and Phan Tien Thanh. As Singapore chased the game, they were constantly hit on the break by the speedy Vietnamese.

It was no surprise then that the Republic went on to concede a third goal in the 69th minute. To rub salt into Singapore’s wounds, Vietnam scored their final goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

In athletics, discus thrower Wan Lay Chi became the third Singaporean to finish fourth in the track and field competition after Stefan Tseng (men’s triple jump) and Amirudin Jamal (men’s 100m). She threw 46.09m.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

(*Note: My thanks to sl for pointing out some factual inaccuracies in my initial report. I have amended them since.  – SSF)

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SEA Games: Singapore wins six golds from swimming, table tennis, wushu, silat and shooting

Singapore swimmer Quah Ting Wen won her fourth and fifth gold medals at the SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos tonight, bringing the Republic’s golden haul in the pool to 12, and saling Singapore’s repuation as the regions top swimming country.

The 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior Colege) student, who had alredy won two relay golds and the 100m freestyle crown, dominated the women’s 200mfreestyle, easily swatting off the challenge of Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin to win in a new Games record time of 2min 00.57sec.

She then combined with Tao Li, Shana Lim and Roanne Ho to win the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

The quartet fought tooth and nail with the Malaysian team of Chui Lai Kwan, Marilyn Neo, Siow Yi Ting and Khoo Cai Lin in the early stages, and even trailed their arch-rivals by a body length at the end of the breaststroke leg.

But Tao Li’s powerful performance in the buterfly leg reasserted Singapore’s lead and gave Singapore a two-bodylength headstart when Ting Wen plunged in for the final freestyle leg.

The swimmer was left to battle the clock and eventually emerged triumphant as she helped to slice off two seconds off the four-month-old national record of 4:12.35 which was set at the World Swimming Championships in Rome in August.

The result means that Singapore has won five of the six relays in the swimming competition so far. The final relay, the men’s 4x100m medley, will be held tomorrow.

Singapore’s paddlers also delivered a gold today as Yang Zi and Wang Yuegu beat Feng Tianwei and Gao Ning 3-2 in the mixed doubles final in an all-Singapore encounter.

But the Singapore Table Tennis Association will not be able to repeat Singapore’s sweep of seven SEA Games gold medals this time as both of their men’s doubles pairings crashed out in the semi-finals to Vietnamese opponents.

Gao Ning and Yang Zi lost 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, while Cai Xioali and Pang Xue Jie lost 6-11, 9-11, 6-11 in the other semi-final.

Singapore also won a gold each in wushu and silat today.

On the first day of the wushu competition, the women’s dulian trio of Koh Poh Chin, Tao Yijun and Tay Yujian won with a total score of 9.46 points, narrowly edging out joint-silver medalists Vietnam and Brunei by just 0.01.

In silat, 2009 Asian Indoor Games champion Rabiatul Adawiyah added the SEA Games crown to her resume when she topped the women’s artistic singles event.

Finally, Singapore’s shooters surpassed their target of four gold medals when they won their fifth of the Games today.

Jasmine Ser claimed that honour when she defeated Thailand’s Majchacheep Sununta in a shoot-off in the women’s 50-metre rifle three positions.  The pair had earier finished the main competition with the same record-breaking score of 677.60. Jasmine then scored 10 in the shoot-off while Majchacheep scored 9.1.

Singapore Sports School student Aqilah Sudhir got the bronze with 675.20.

The funny thing about Jasmine’s achievement was that she didn’t even know that her shoot-off was for the gold. She thought she was battling for the bronze! Which explains the stunned look on her face when she learnt that she had won the gold instead.

In athletics, Amirudin Jamal and Poh Seng Song flew Singapore’s flag in the 100m finals. Amriduin eventually finished fourth in 10.62sec, just 0.01sec slower than bronze medalist Fadlin of Indonesia. Poh was fifth in 10.70sec

The gold went to Indonesia’s Suryo Agung Wibowo in a new SEA Games time of 10.17 seconds.

Triple jumper Stefan Tseng finished fourth in the event after initially leading the pack. But in the end, his best effort of 16.04m was not enough for a podium finish. Thailand’s Theerayut Philakong won with 16.51m while his compatriot Varunyoo Kongnil took the silver with 16.29m. Joebert Delicano of the Philippines was third with 16.12m.

SEA Games debutant Teo Hui Juen finished fifth in the women’s javelin but her 43.29m was a new personal best.

Singapore is currently third in the medal tally with 24 golds. Thailand leads with 29 while Vietnam is second with 25 golds.

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Singapore trawl in another four golds from SEA Games swimming

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

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