13 November 2018



 NEWS 10/09/2001
Pool queen Joscelin stamps her mark in SEA Games

Pool queen Joscelin stamps her mark in SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 9 - Singapore's star Joscelin Yeo lit the 21st SEA Games swimming competition fuse today, winning two gold medals as she started her bid to retain the queen of the pool title.

The 22-year old US-based swimmer brushed aside a strong challenge from arch rival Moe Thu Aung of Myanmar to successfully defend her title in the 100m freestyle and later overcame a late spurt by Malaysia's Siow Yi Ting in the 200 m individual medley.

Joscelin, who bagged six golds in the Brunei SEA Games two years ago, trailed Thu Aung on the first lap but turned the pace in the last 30 m, powering clear to win the 100 m freestyle in 57.13s.

Thu Aung touched the finish line in 57.61s for the silver while Thailand's middle distance racer Pilin Tachakittiranan was third in 58.80s.

The Singaporean lass cemented her supremacy in swimming by winning the 200 m medley in 2:19.76s, frustrating Yi Ting's hopes to win a gold medal for the host country. Yi Ting registered 2:21.80s to settle for the silver and teammate Sia Wai Yen came in third in 2:22.44s.

Asian gold medallist Lim Keng Liat lived up to his top billing when he swept the 200 m backstroke race to snatch the first gold for Malaysia in the pool. He powered home in 2:02.91s but failed to erase the four-year old SEA Games record of 2:00.96s set by Raymond Papa of the Philippines in Jakarta.

His arch rival Gary Tan of Singapore, who won silver medal in in Brunei, found the Malaysian backstroke speciallist too strong to gain promotion in the event and had to be contented with the silver medal after clocking 2:06.10s.

Gary's compatriot Gerald Koh took the bronze with a time of 2:07.01s.

"I'm happy to win the race. I hope to do even better in the 100 m backstroke, if possible, breaking the SEA Games record," Keng Liat said after the race.

One SEA Games record fell on the first day of the swimming action at the National Aquatic Centre here today.

Singapore's relay team of Sng Ju Wei, Gary Tan, Mark Chay and Fergus Kuek created a major upset in the 4x200 m freestyle when they beat Thailand, gold medallist in Brunei, touching the plate in 7:38.82s and eclipsing the Games record of 7:38.89 set by Thailand.

Thailand were second and the Philippines third. Malaysia's relay team of Keng Liat, Allen Ong, Anthony Ang and Elvin Chia, who were leading the field after the third swimmer, eased on the final 100 m and finished fourth.

Thailand's swimming sensation Torwai Sethsothorn showed a powerful dash in the 100 m to claim the gold medal in the men's 400 m individual medley. The Phillippines' Juan Carlo Picco was second and Thailand's Pathunyu Yimsomruay third.

His teamate Chonlatorn Vorathamrong bagged the gold medal in the 200 m backtstroke while the Philippines' Lizza Danila and Wai Yen came in second and third respectively.

Thailand ended their fine run on the first day of the swimming competition by winning the women's 4x200 m freestyle. Singapore finished second and Malaysia third.

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