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.