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Highlights from Aquatics

10 June, 2015   Crystal Ng and Winnie Goh

The past few days at OCBC Aquatic Centre have been intense, with records being broken amidst neck-in-neck competitions. Team Nila brings you a #throwback of all the actions, in case you have missed some of the amazing moments made in aquatic history right here at the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

Singapore bags Synchronised win

Singapore emerged victorious at the Synchronised Swimming Finals, bagging the Gold for all three events: the Team Technical and Free Routine, Duet Technical and Free Routine, and the Team Free Combination. This came after a tough competition with contender Malaysia, who won the Duet Technical and Free Routine in both the Technical and Free Routine Preliminary Rounds.

Malaysia looking their best during the Duet Technical. Photo: Byron Wee / SINGSOC
Malaysia looking their best during the Duet Technical. Photo: Byron Wee / SINGSOC

Double wins for both Vietnam and Singapore

Vietnam’s star swimmer Nguyen Thi Ahn Vien did her homeland proud by not only breaking the Games Record for the Women’s 800m Freestyle Finals (with a time of 34.85 seconds), but also the Games Record for the Women’s 400m Individual Medley (with a time of 4 minutes 42.88 seconds) on the same day.

Nguyen Thi Ahn Vien from Thailand smiling with her gold medal. Photo: SINGSOC
Nguyen Thi Ahn Vien from Thailand smiling with her gold medal. Photo: SINGSOC

Quah Zheng Ren from Singapore also broke the Games Record in a record time of 54.51 seconds for the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final. He also set another record for the Men’s 200m backstroke with a time of 2 minutes 00.55 seconds, kick-starting the Singapore’s Gold Medal haul from Aquatics.

Quah Zheng Ren from Singapore celebrates the breaking of a new game record after the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final. Photo: Nicholas Wan / SINGSOC
Quah Zheng Ren from Singapore celebrates the breaking of a new game record after the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final. Photo: Nicholas Wan / SINGSOC

Lucky 5

Five more Games Records were broken at the 28th SEA Games on the 2nd day of Swimming (7th June). Nguyen Thi Anh Vien brought home 2 more Golds for her country while Tao Li won her first Gold for the Women’s 50m Butterfly Final. Additionally, she set a new Games Record with a record time of 26.58 seconds, as did Joseph Isaac Schooling in the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final.

Schooling from Singapore making the leap for the Men’s 100m Freestyle Heat. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng / SINGSOC
Schooling from Singapore making the leap for the Men’s 100m Freestyle Heat. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng / SINGSOC

Another five records were broken on the 3rd day of Swimming (8th June) by Team Singapore. The athletes were Tao Li, the Quah siblings Ting Wen and Zheng Wen, and Joseph Schooling (who broke another 2 Games Records), bringing Singapore’s tabulation of medals for Swimming to a grand total of five. The 50th Gold medal for Singapore was also won by Tao Li for the Women’s 100m Backstroke Final.

Tao Li waving to the crowd after the Women’s 50m Butterfly Heats. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng / SINGSOC
Tao Li waving to the crowd after the Women’s 50m Butterfly Heats. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng / SINGSOC

Diving into success

Team Malaysia dominated the Diving scene when their divers swept Gold for all of the diving finals. Diving star Ooi Tze Liang defended his title of champion in the Men’s 3m Springboard Final and the Men’s 10m Platform Final, bringing glory for his home country. This is Ooi Tze Liang’s third time participating in the SEA Games. The 21 year-old Malaysian is looking forward to the World Championships and Olympics 2016 in Rio. He encourages aspiring and existing athletes not to give up in the face of adversity.

Ooi Tze Liang from Malaysia celebrating with his coach after winning the gold for the Men’s 3m Springboard Final. Photo: David Chew / SINGSOC
Ooi Tze Liang from Malaysia celebrating with his coach after winning the gold for the Men’s 3m Springboard Final. Photo: David Chew / SINGSOC

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