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 NEWS 13/09/2001
Yi Ting ends Malaysia's 12-year drought

Yi Ting ends Malaysia's 12-year drought

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 12 - Siow Yi Ting ended Malaysia's 12-year gold drought in women's swimming in record fashion at the SEA Games tonight but had to share the limelight with an Indonesian swimmer twice her age.

Yi Ting, 15, romped home in 2:31.90s in the 200 m breaststroke to clinch the gold and eclipse Rita Mariani of Indonesia's record of 2:33.34 set in Jakarta in 1997.

Not to be outdone at the National Aquatics Centre, Indonesian veteran Richard Sam Bera powered home in 23.03s in the men's 50 m freestyle, shattering the record of 23.27s set by Ang Peng Siong of Singapore.

The 30-year-old Richard has also won the event in the past two Games.

In the 200 m breaststroke, Yi Ting swept to the front after the second turn with favourite Nicolette Teo of Singapore close on her heels.

Yi Ting, who won the 100 m breaststroke bronze on the second day of the competition, proved the stronger swimmer in the last 50 m.

Cheered on by the home crowd, she burst away to take home the elusive gold.

Nicolette was second in 2:35.01 and Jenny Guerero of the Philippines third in 2:36.05s.

"I didn't expect to win the race but I just told myself to go all out. I'm happy I won at last," Yi Ting said.

Malaysia last won the event through Nurul Huda Abdullah at the 1989 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, and that was also the last year a Malaysian woman won a swimming gold.

Malaysia's Elvin Chia, who is on the verge of retirement, showed that he had lost none of the speed that helped him win two gold medals in Brunei two years ago by winning the men's 200 m breaststroke.

The Sandakan-born lanky swimmer clocked 2:18.40s to boost his gold collection to two in this Games.

Indonesia's Muhammad Akbar Nasution finished second with a time of 2:22.82 and Chanarong Amonattakul of Thailand third in 2:23.48.

Richard said he had been waiting for years to break the record.

"This is actually my wish before I retire," said Richard, who also won the 100m freestyle.

Thailand's Torwai Sethsothorn took the gold in the men's 1500 m freestyle, pushing Miguel Mendoza of the Philippines to second place and Brunei Games double gold medalist Dieung Manggang of Malaysia to the bronze.

Thailand continued to rule in the pool, winning two more golds through Pilin Tachakittiranan in the women's freestyle and the women's 4x100 m medley relay.

Tomorrow is the last day of swimming competition, after which diving and synchronised swimming will take centre stage in the pool.

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