The Quah twins won three of Singapore’s four swimming gold medals on a day when the country didn’t do very well at the SEA Games. Gold in the mixed 4×100 meter medley relay at the 2023 SEA Games goes to Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen, Nicholas Mahabir, Quah Ting Wen, and Quah Jing Wen.
One or more members of the Quah swimming family have brought home gold medals for Singapore at each of the nine SEA Games since 2007.
It was fitting that the Quah brothers would give Singapore something to rejoice about on a day when the city-state’s other athletes struggled in Phnom Penh, and Tuesday was that day. For more of the latest and best online betting Singapore news, you’re in the right place.
The rundown, or should we say, swimdown?
Singaopore’s first gold medal of the day went to the youngest of the three siblings, 22-year-old Jing Wen, who narrowly beat out older sister Ting Wen in the women’s 100-meter butterfly final at the Morodok Techo Aquatic Center. She finished in 59.02 seconds, which was faster than both her 30-year-old rival (who finished in 59.51 seconds) and Jasmine Alkhaldi of the Philippines (1 minute, 0.45 seconds).
Zheng Wen won the men’s 100-meter fly in 52.04 seconds, beating off compatriot Teong Tzen Wei (who finished in 52.60 seconds) and Filipino Jarod Lang Hatch (who finished in 52.91 seconds) by.04 seconds.
Letitia Sim, who had previously won the Sea Games gold in the 200-meter individual medley on Sunday, won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday with a time of 1 minute and 7.94 seconds, giving the Singaporean swimmers a much-needed boost.
Even without Schooling, Singapore has already claimed victory in the overall swimming tournament after two days of competition.
In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, 26-year-old Quah Zheng Wen triumphed with a winning time of 55.22 seconds. That time bested that of Farrel Armandio Tangkas of Indonesia, who won silver in 55.80, and that of Jerard Jacinto of the Philippines, who finished third in 55.99.
Amazingly, this 100-meter backstroke victory was Cal Beat Quah’s fifth in a row and his 28th overall at the SEA Games. The veteran won his first gold medal in this sport in 2022 when he was just 15 years old.
Quah had competed in the men’s 100-meter freestyle event, where he and teammate Jonathan Tan fought to the finish. Tan, at age 21, was the first to the finish line, and his time of 48.80 seconds was enough to beat out Quah, who finished in 48.99 seconds to take second place. The Singaporean also made headlines by being the country’s first-ever Olympic qualifier.
Quah Jing Wen, the younger of the two Singaporean Quah siblings, won the women’s 200-meter butterfly. Quah, then 22 years old, finished first in a time of 2 minutes, 10.63 seconds to successfully defend her 2022 championship.
Quah’s winning time of 2 minutes, 9.52 seconds was just over a second faster than last year’s winning time of 2 minutes, 9.52 seconds and put her ahead of runner-up Kamonchanok Kwanmuang of Thailand (2 minutes, 11.56 seconds) and bronze medalist Jinjutha Pholjamjumrus of Thailand (2 minutes, 14.37 seconds).
So far in Cambodia, other women’s event winners have included Singapore’s Gan Ching Hwee, who finished first in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. She finished in 2 minutes, 1.76 seconds, besting Kwanmuang’s time of 2 minutes, 2.21 seconds to win the silver medal.
A siblings triumph
The three Quah siblings, along with Nicholas Mahabir, saved the best for last, competing in the mixed 4×100-meter medley and earning gold in a time of 3 minutes and 51.72 seconds.
The first mixed-gender event at the Olympics meant the three siblings finally won a gold medal together for the first time since Ting Wen began their gold surge in 2007.
Singapore has won the most medals (17) in the first two days of competition, and Vietnam and Indonesia are also in the top three. With 44 medals in all, Singapore easily won last year’s swimming competition. Vietnam came in second with 25, and Thailand took third with 22.
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