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 NEWS 12/09/2001
Keng Liat does it in record style

Keng Liat does it in record style

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 11 - Malaysia's Lim Keng Liat established himself as the best backstroke swimmer in South East Asia when he won the men's 100 m on the third day of the SEA Games swimming competition in a record time at the National Aquatics Centre here last night.

The meet also saw four Games records re-written.

Keng Liat, winner of a gold medal in the Asian Games in Bangkok two years ago, touched the finishing plate in 00:56.16s, wiping out his own Games record of 00:56.20 set in Brunei.

The 21-year old US-based swimmer, a gold medallist in Brunei Games in 1999, put up a fine display of backstroke swimming to leave his rivals behind.

Thailand's Dulyarit Phuangthong was second in 00:57.71s and Gary Tan of Singapore, third in 57.89s.

"I was a little bit disappointed because I expected to do much better today. Anyway, I'll try my best to help Malaysia win the 4x100 m medley relay," Lim said after the race.

Malaysia's other swimmer, Anthony Ang shared the spotlight in the pool, winning the 100 m butterfly with new Games record.

Anthony, beaten by Indonesia's Albert Sutanto in the Brunei Games, came out strongly to win the gold medal in 00:55.40s, shaving 0:24s off his old mark set in Jakarta in 1997.

His teammate Allen Ong, who took the silver medal in the 100 m freestyle, added another to his collection when he clocked 00:55.72 while Singapore's debutant Gan Wei Ming was third in 56.38s.

Allen, Anthony, Keng Liat and Elvin Chia then teamed up in the 4x100 m freestyle race but they ran foul of the rules and were disqualified after finishing second. The Philippines' quartet were were disqualified for flouting the same competition rules.

Singapore relay team of Mark Chay, Ernest Teo, Sng Ju Wei and Gary Tan won the race in 3:27.48s, erasing the old mark of 3:27.69s set by Indonesia in Brunei. Indonesia, who finished third, was adjudged second and Thailand third.

Thailand's Chornlathorn Vorathamrong continued her fine run after improving on the Games record of 1:04.86s set by Philippines' Akiko Thomson in Singapore.

She clocked 1:03.93s to win the gold medal while Lizza Danila of the Philippines and Thailand's Chorkaew Choompol finished second and third respectively.

Thailand also won two more gold medals through Ravee Intporn-Udom in the women's 800 m freestyle and Torwai Sethsorthorn in the men's 400 m freestyle.

Singapore's swimming sensation Joscelin Teo added her gold medal haul to three when she won the women's 100 m butterfly.

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