Quah Zheng Wen Earns 100 Back OLY ‘A’ Cut On Day 1 Of SEA Games


The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games kicked off with Singapore’s Quah siblings reaping 4 gold medals and setting 4 Games Records on just the first day of competition in the Philippines.

First, in the women’s 200m fly, Quah Jing Wen clocked a new meet mark of 2:10.97 en route to out-touching Philippines’ Remedy Rule by just .02. Quah’s effort fell just shy of her own 2:10.26 Singaporean national record she established on the World Cup circuit this past August, but it did lay waste to the 2:12.03 that brought the now-18-year-old to the top of the podium in this same 200m fly event at the 2017 edition of the SEA Games.

Her brother Quah Zheng Wen of Cal University produced a big-time swim of 53.79 in the men’s 100m back to win by over a second tonight. His time checks-in as a new Singaporean national record, but also clears the FINA ‘A’ cut of 53.85 for next year’s Olympic Games.

In the women’s 100m free, it was Quah Ting Wen‘s turn to get the gold, with the 27-year-old cracking a time of 54.74 to represent the only competitor to dip under the 55-second threshold. Behind her was countrymate Cherlyn Yeoh, who touched in 55.55 for runner-up.

The 4th and final SEA Games record that went down involving a Quah tonight came in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. The Singaporean combination of Zheng Wen, Joseph Schooling, Jonathan Tan and Darren Chua collectively clocked a winning time of 7:17.80 a mark that established a new meet record.

Additional winners on the night included Vietnam’s Huy Hoang Nguyen earning men’s 400m free gold in a time of 3:49.08, James Deiparine of the Philippines taking the men’s 100m breast in 1:01.46 and Vietnamese Olympian Thi Anh Vien Nguyen stoping the clock in a time of 2:15.51 to take the women’s 200m IM tonight in New Clark City.

Please note that splits for both individual races and relays were not available at the time of publishing.

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2 years ago

The relay splits are:

1) Singapore 7:17.88
Quah Zheng Wen 1:48.50
Joseph Schooling 1:49.91
Jonathan Tan 1:51.15
Darren Chua 1:48.32

2) Vietnam 7:21.51
Hoang Quy Phuoc 1:49.61
Nguyen Huu Kim Son 1:50.68
Ngo Dinh Chuyen 1:50.77
Nguyen Huy Hoang 1:50.45

3) Malaysia 7:27.55
Khiew Hoe Yean 1:52.34
Welson Sim 1:48.93
Arvin Singh 1:51.46
Keith Lim 1:54.82

4) Thailand 7:32.75
Andrew Digby 1:50.61
Ravipon Sangaworawong 1:52.70
Tanakrit Kittiya 1:54.38
Siwat Matangkapong 1:55.06

5) Philippines 7:35.83
Maurice Ilustre 1:53.41
Miguel Barreto 1:54.66
Jean-Pierre Khouzam 1:53.33
Jessie Lacuna 1:54.43

2 years ago

QZW is tough – Cal looking very good against Texas at NCAAs

2 years ago

Are they still called « A » cuts? Didn’t they change the names again?

Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Remedy Rule.

There is a new name in swimming that rules.

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

How do you not know her if you’re from Texas?

2 years ago

I know it is a typo but I can’t help chuckle at “taking the men’s 10m breast in 1:01.46″…. can’t help to think how fast that race will end or may be I can be competitive once in a breaststroke event against that winning time 😛

2 years ago

Those Quah siblings are beyond talented

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