2019 SEA GAMES
- Wednesday, December 4th – Monday, December 9th (swimming)
- New Clark City Aquatics Center, Philippines
- SEA Games Official Website
- Swimming Athlete Entries
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.