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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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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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