14 November 2018



 NEWS 11/09/2001
Bera equals SEA Games record

Bera equals SEA Games record

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 10 - Indonesian freestyle racer Richard Sam Bera equaled his own Southeast Asian Games record over 100 metres Monday, while Singapore's Joscelin Yeo picked up her third medal in two days of swimming.

Southeast Asia's fastest swimmer over 50-metres for the past six years, Bera trailed Malaysia's Allen Ong by a whisker at the turn, but finished strongly in 51.03 seconds, matching the record he set at the last regional games in Brunei in 1999.

Ong won the silver in 51.31, ahead of Singapore's Mark Chay Jung Jun (51.76).

Yeo, who won gold in the women's 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle on Sunday, won silver on Monday as part of Singapore's 4x100 freestyle relay team.

Thailand led strongly until the third leg, when it gave up a two-body length lead but held on in the last leg to touch just ahead in 3 minutes, 23.95 seconds, ahead of Singapore (3:24.68) and Malaysia (3:30.97).

In other races, Singapore's Nicolette Teo Wei-Min won the women's 100-metre breaststroke in 1:12.64s, over Jenny Guerro of the Philippines (1:12.91) and Malaysia's Siow Yi Ting (1:13.64).

Thailand went one-two in the women's 400-metres freestyle with gold going to Ravee Intporn-Udom in 4:24.53s and silver to Pilin Tachakittiranan (4.24.73), over Malaysia's Sia Wai Yen (4:24.87).

In the men's competition, Elvin Chia of Malaysia won gold in the 100-metres breaststroke in 1:03.15s, ahead of Vietnam's Tran Xuan Hien (1:04.94) and Indonesia's Muhammad Akbar Nasution (1:06.04).

And Thailand's Dulyarit Phuangthong won the 200-metres individual medley in 2:05.75s over Singapore's Gary Tan (2:06.25) and Pathunyu Yimsomruay (2:07.38).

Yeo is Southeast Asia's outstanding swimmer and was the region's best at the Sydney Olympics last year, finishing 22nd in the 100-metre freestyle. At the last SEA Games in Brunei in 1999, she won six gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Entered in eight events this year in Kuala Lumpur, she's chasing a better gold medal tally. - AP

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