20 November 2018



 NEWS 11/09/2001
Singapore swimming queen's heir apparent shows mettle

Singapore swimming queen's heir apparent shows mettle

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 10 - Nicolette Teo, the 15-year-old heir apparent to Singapore's swimming sensation Joscelin Yeo, showed she can live up to the promise when she won the women's 100 metre breaststroke at the Southeast Asian Games here late Monday.

Teo, a gold medalist in the Brunei SEA Games in 1999, clocked one minute and 12.64 seconds to blitz the Philippines' Jenny Guerrero who took the silver with one minute and 12.91 seconds.

Siow Yi Ting of Malaysia settled with the bronze with a time of one minute and 13.69 seconds on a day where Thailand took three of the six swimming gold medals at stake.

Teo however failed to equal her compatriot Yeo's games record in the event of one minute and 11.36 seconds.

Yeo, 22, the reigning Singapore and Southeast Asia swimming queen with 27 gold medals in a 10-year career, had pulled out of the 200 metres freestyle to allow the upcoming Teo a chance to shine.

``It was honourable for Joscelin to pull out ... to give way to the younger swimmers,'' Teo said Monday.

But she said she wants to emerge from Yeo's shadow and be known for her own exploits.

``I will be swimming my own race and I hope the best comes out of it,'' she said.

The Thai women's team splashed their way to the gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay, with Singapore taking the silver and Malaysia grabbing the bronze.

In the women's 400 metres freestyle, Thailand scored a one-two finish with Ravee Intraport-Udom winning the gold in four minutes and 24.53 seconds and Pilin Tachakittiranan getting the silver.

Malaysia's Sia Wai Yen won the bronze.

Dulyarit Phuangthong gave Thailand its third swimming gold for the day by winning the men's 200 metre individual medley. Gary Tan Lee Yu of Singapore splahsed home with the silver and another Thai Pathunyu Yimsomruay got the bronze.

Local swimming star Elvin Chia gave Malaysia their second swimming gold in two days by winning the men's 100 metres breaststroke as expected. Tran Xuan Hien of Vietnam took the silver and Indonesia's Muhammad Akbar Nasution garnered the bronze.

Reigning champion Richard Sam Bera of Indonesia won the gold in the men's 100 metre freestyle, while Alex Ong of Malaysia romped with the silver and Chay Jung of Singapore was the bronze medal winner. - AFP

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