Cal Bear Quah Zheng Wen Named SEA Games Most Valuable Player Across All Sports


In recognition of his impressive feats in the water over the course of the just-concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Singaporean swimming powerhouse Quah Zheng Wen was honored with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy.

The 23-year-old who competes for the Cal Bears in the NCAA, took home the biggest haul of hardware across all athletes and sports over the course of the entire Games, securing 6 golds and 2 silvers. Along the way, Zheng Wen earned Olympic-qualifying times (FINA ‘A’ cuts) in both the 100m fly and 100m backstroke events.

“It’s definitely an honor just to have our flag up there representing Team Singapore,” said the versatile Singaporean. “It’s a reflection (of my performance).

“I came with the goal of trying to qualify for the Olympics. Honestly speaking, getting gold… was not what I was looking for at these Games. It was a bonus. It’s kind of a testament to how hard I’d been training. I’m glad for that. I’m just happy I accomplished what I set out to do.”

Recap of Quah Zheng Wen‘s Performances at 2019 SEA Games:

  • Gold in men’s 100m back (53.79); National Record, Olympic-qualifying time & Meet Record
  • Gold in men’s 200m back (2:00.06); Meet Record
  • Gold in men’s 200m fly (1:56.61)
  • Silver in men’s 50m back (25.65)
  • Silver in men’s 100m fly (51.87)
  • Gold in men’s 4x100m free relay (3:16.82); Meet Record
  • Gold in men’s 4x200m free relay (7:17.88); Meet Record
  • Gold in men’s 4x100m medley relay (3:38.63)

Zheng Wen and his sisters, Quah Jing Wen and Quah Ting Wen proved to be a formidable force in New Clark City, helping Singapore tie its best-ever performance of 23 gold medals at an SEA Games. That total surpassed the 19 golds earned in 2017.

Quotes courtesy of TODAY Online.

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Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Very impressive! I’m hoping he’s an absolute short course monster come March.

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