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.

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Curious Swimma
3 years ago

So my thing with schooling is. So what he fell off. He did what many aspire to do and that is to win an individual Olympic gold. He peaked at the right time, right year and swam a time that not only garnered him gold, but didn’t it also garner him the Olympic record. I get that it sucks that he fell off and was cocky(definitely dosen’t seem like he is like that anymore). But again, he had his time, dressel didnt peak in 2016, fast forward 3 years dressel is still on the rise, Joe has been olympic champion. Next year Joe will give it his best shot and what more can we realistically ask from him. Like no… Read more »

Reply to  Curious Swimma
3 years ago

Same thing with Kyle Chalmers in 100 free… though he is still improving and I hope he continues to do so and go sub 47s in Tokyo

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Although Kyle has a much much better chance of Gold in 100 free than Schooling in 100 fly. I’m rooting for Kyle even though I like Dressel. Would love to see him win back to back Golds at the Olympics .

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

The entertaining aspect of the Chalmers Dressel rivalry is that they swim the race differently like Phelps and Cavic. Dressel goes out fast and try’s not to get run over the last 25 meters.

Sun Yangs Hammer
3 years ago

The financial payoff of selling skin care products is probably better than swimming. I’d cash it in.

Hugh Janis
3 years ago

Kind of feel bad for schooling. I see him retire after olympics.

Reply to  Hugh Janis
3 years ago

me too

King Caeleb
3 years ago

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

Reply to  King Caeleb
3 years ago

thats tough …..oh boy

3 years ago

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

Reply to  CRB
3 years ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dbswims
3 years ago

Phelps-Cavic 2.0.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Not yet , just the 1.2 version

3 years 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.

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