Fresh from a one-month training stint in Canada, the Singapore synchronised swimming team delivered by bettering arch-rivals Malaysia at the FINA World Synchronised Swimming Championships.
The swimmers managed to put Singapore sixth on the medal table with their haul of seven Golds, four Silvers and six Bronzes.
Leading the charge for medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games was Quah Jing Wen who, despite having a heavy competition schedule, powered through to take the top spot in the Women’s 50-metre Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.
The most thrilling event of the final day of the 13th Singapore National Swimming Chapionship — the Men’s 50-metre freestyle race — was taken by dark horse Teong Tzen Wei. The 19-year-old swam a speedy 22.90s which was just enough to pip gold medal favourite, Indonesia’s Triady Fazuy, to the wall by 0.05 seconds. Fauzy had to settle for the silver with 22.95s and Darren Lim took the bronze with a time of 23.04s.
The 13th Singapore National Swimming Championships turned out to be quite a standout meet for the Quah siblings as Ting Wen, Zheng Wen and Jing Wen amassed a total of six golds, five silvers, one bronze, a national record, a national U-17 record and four meet records between them.
After settling for two silvers the previous night, Quah Zheng Wen made a statement in the morning heats of the 13th Singapore National Swimming Championships by re-writing the Men’s 20o-metre Backstroke national record. He broke his own record by 0.1 seconds with his 2:00.45 effort.
Roanne Ho left the competition in her wake the second she dove in for the Women’s 50-metre Breaststroke. It was a dominating swim by the athlete and she touched the wall first, just 0.2s off her personal best, in a time of 31.66s. She was the only swimmer to have gone under the 32-second mark as the second and third placed finishers, Vanessa Evato of Indonesia and Christie Chue, could only manage a 32.16s and a 32.89s respectively.
The second day of the 13th Singapore National Swimming Championships saw the Quah sisters blitz the field again, this time in the Women’s 100-metre Freestyle. Younger sibling, Quah Jing Wen, managed to net another victory against her older sister, Ting Wen.