Men's 200m Butterfly Final: Singapore's Joseph Schooling (Centre), Quah Zheng Wen (Left), and the Philippines' Jessie Lacuna in action. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Timor-Leste won its first medal at the 28th SEA Games on Monday, ensuring all competing 11 countries have now climbed the podium in Singapore at least once on a sombre day when the region’s athletes paused to pay tribute to victims of the Mt Kinabalu earthquake in Borneo.
Boxer Henrique Borges Pereira delivered Timor its first medal when he picked up a bronze in the welterweight division, triggering celebrations in the SEA Games’ newest member on a day when the festive mood paused while a minute's silence was observed at every venue where the SEA Games are being staged.
While Timor won its first bronze, the host-nation Singapore continued its relentless charge at the top of the medals tables, picking up another 16 gold to lead the standings ahead of Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Singapore won six of the seven gold medals on offer in swimming at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, with local teenager Joseph Schooling turning the pool into his own golden pond.
The 19-year-old followed up his two golds on Sunday with another pair, taking out the 50 metres freestyle then the 200m butterfly to make it four from four as he closes in on his dream of winning nine events.
In each of the four events he has contested so far, Schooling has broken the SEA Games record. He also shattered Singapore's longest-standing national record, which was set 33 years ago, in the 50m freestyle.
Singapore's Joseph Schooling celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Freestyle Final. photo: Action Images via Reuters
Quah Zheng Wen won silver in the 200m butterfly just moments after winning the 200m backstroke to scoop up his sixth medal at these Games. And his older sister
Ting Wen, 22, made it an unforgettable night for the family when she won two golds, in the 100m freestyle and 4x200m relay.
Singapore’s other queen of the pool Tao Li won the 50m butterfly title, taking her career total of SEA Games gold to 26.
Vietnam's ironwoman swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won a silver and a bronze, giving her six medals from seven of the 11 events she has entered.
Vietnam fared better in gymnastics, cleaning up the two biggest individual awards by winning the men's and women's All-Around titles.
Singapore's Quah Ting Wen on the podium after winning the Women's 100m Freestyle Final. photo: Action images via Reuters
Dinh Phuong Thanh won the gold medal for men with a score of 86.150 on the six apparatus. His countryman Pham Phuoc Hung won the silver and Singapore's Gabriel Gan took the bronze.
Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh won the women's individual all-around final with a score of 53.650, on four apparatus. Malaysia's Farah Ann Abdul Hadi came second with Singapore's Nadine Nathan third.
Malaysia continued its domination of the diving events, winning two more golds on Monday. The country’s long wait for success in wushu was ended when Loh Jack Chang took out the men’s compulsory Taijiquan gold. Thailand’s golden harvest on Monday included the women’s precision pistol team.