Darren Chua Edges Out Joseph Schooling In SEA Games 100 Free


The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games saw its penultimate night of action come to a close in New Clark City Aquatics Center, but not before Singapore did more damage to the medal standings.

Lionel Khoo led the nation’s charge with a 28.15 meet record win in the men’s 50m breast, right before teammate Amanda Lim clocked a time of 25.06 for gold in the women’s 50m free. Lim’s effort also checked-in as a new meet record and fell within .14 of Quah Ting Wen‘s national record of 24.92 logged just this past August.

Vietnamese racer Nguyen Hung Tran broke the mold by taking the men’s 400m IM, registering a meet record time of 4:20.65 in the process. His outing also established a new Vietnamese national record in the event.

His teammate Thi Anh Vien Nguyen added to her ever-growing medal haul with a gold in the women’s edition of the 40m IM, clocking 4:47.85 to top the field.

Singapore was back on top in the men’s 100m free final, however, as Darren Chua got his hand on the wall first in a time of 49.59. That was enough to just edge out 100m fly Olympic champion Joseph Schooling, as the 24-year-old settled for silver just .05 behind in 49.64. The pair represented the only swimmers of the final to dip under the 50-seconde threshold.

Capping off the night was the Singaporean foursome of Elena Pedersen, Christie May Chue, Quah Jing Wen and Quah Ting Wen, with the squad taking the women’s 400m medley relay in a new meet record and national record time of 4:07.05.

Splits were not available at time of publishing.

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11 months ago

Vietnam should be much better than they are in swimming. But, in that football crazy country, swimming is very low on funding scale. Very few clubs and swimming pools, outside international schools. Lots of very fast and competitive American-Vietnamese swimmers here.

11 months ago

He’s defo gonna win the 100 fly at the Olympics again, no doubt

Reply to  CRB
11 months ago

Not only that but Dressel’s wr is def in massive danger.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dbswims
11 months ago

Phelps-Cavic 2.0.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Not yet , just the 1.2 version

King Caeleb
11 months ago

Schooling can’t even beat Dressel’s 100 fly with his 100 free anymore… what a fall off

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  King Caeleb
11 months ago

can’t go faster than his first 50 of his 50.39 even when sprinting

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
11 months ago

thats tough …..oh boy

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