SG Daily: Unstoppable Schooling Leads The Golden Way Again
10 June, 2015
Joseph Schooling celebrates after his swim - Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters
There is simply no stopping him.
Joseph Schooling made it eight gold medals from eight events after two more triumphs at a packed OCBC Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old with Olympian ambitions, won the 50m Butterfly then the 200m Individual Medley.
He still has one more race to go on Thursday, the medley relay, where another gold medal looks like a formality barring a disqualification or major upset.
In an acknowledgment of the remarkable success that Schooling has brought the Republic, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presented him with one of his gold medals.
But while Schooling’s success has dominated every evening of swimming at these SEA Games, his team-mates have also been in inspiring form.
Quah Zheng Wen picked up another two medals on Wednesday to take his haul to 10, including five golds - and the 18-year-old still has two races left.
His sister Ting Wen won her fourth gold medal on Wednesday, in the Singaporean 4x100m freestyle relay. Her team mate Tao Li also collected a fourth gold at these Games taking her career total to a staggering 28.
Roanne Ho and Amanda Lim made up the gold medal quartet with Ting Wen and Tao.
Roanne Ho smiling after her record-breaking swim in the 50m Breaststroke - Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters
Ho smashed the record she set only in the morning in the Women's 50m Breaststroke. Ho clocked in 31.45 seconds to win by more than a second from the 100m Breaststroke gold medalist from Malaysia, Jinq En Phee.
With one day of swimming to go, Singapore has won 19 of the 31 gold medals. Vietnam is the next best with nine, thanks to Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, the outstanding female swimmer at the Games.