Singapore Sports School, Sunday, June 17, 2012 — Quah Zheng Wen, Amanda Lim and Danny Yeo each won gold to bring Singapore’s tally to 16 golds, 11 silver and 13 bronze at the 1st Southeast Asia (SEA) Swimming Championships.
Singapore was the top-performing country over five days, recording a total of 32 medals (16 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze). Golds in the men’s 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and the women’s 50m freestyle on the final day ensured the host nation finished on a high.
15-year-old Quah Zheng Wen pulled ahead in the final 50m to finish four seconds ahead of his competition. Watched by his sister, Zheng Wen, he also recorded a respectable third-place finish in the men’s 50m backstroke.
Reigning Sportsgirl of the Year, Amanda Lim, recorded a personal best 25.71 seconds in the 50m freestyle ahead of compatriot Mylene Ong. Crediting new coach Ian Tuner for her breakthrough after a two-year drought, Amanda said: “I’m happy and satisfied as long as there is improvement. I know I’ve been stagnant for some time, and haven’t reached my best timings. I work and communicate very well with him, and he understands me.”
On the upcoming Olympics, the 18-year-old said: “I’m starting to get back, and as time goes my timing will improve. Now it’s up to FINA if they want to invite me to London.”
Singapore’s final gold came courtesy of 22-year-old Danny Yeo who edged out Malaysia’s Lim Ching Hwang and Daniel Bego who finished second and third respectively.
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