Quah Ting Wen, despite falling short of personal expectations, surpasses the Women's 50m Freestyle meet record in both the preliminary round and final en route to clinching gold in her event.
Singapore National Swimming Championships: Lionel Khoo, Randall Neo set new milestones on meet’s penultimate day
Only one meet record was felled by a local on the third and penultimate day of the Neo Garden 15th Singapore National Swimming Championships (SNSC) as Lionel Khoo set a new mark of 28.08 seconds in the men's 50-metre breaststroke heats. The 24-year-old's timing surpassed his own record of 28.46s set in 2017, and he went on to strike gold in the afternoon final touching the wall in 28.21s.
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.
Out of the five men’s races held on the first day of the 13th Singapore National Swimming Championships, three of them had their records re-written.