CLARK, PHILIPPINES — The Quah sisters thumped to a one-two finish in the 100m butterfly finals yesterday, the last day of the SEA Games swim meet at the New Clark City Aquatics Centre.
Ting Wen, who swam 59.62s, took home the gold, piquing defending champion Jing Wen. The silver medallist finished a hair later, at 59.73s. A tearful Jing Wen had to be consoled by her sister after the finals.
The gold medallist said: “I treasured this swim a lot.”
“I don’t have a lot of opportunities to swim beside (Jing Wen) in a race, so when I found out we were seeded first and second, I was looking forward to it.”
The siblings, including brother Zheng Wen, are gunning for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
“It’s something we’ve been aiming for the past year, and we talk about it at home,” added Ting Wen.
The Singapore swim team’s stellar performance continued yesterday night, with Jonathan Tan also breaking the 50m men’s freestyle Games record, rewriting the national record in the process.
Five of six golds were grabbed by Singaporean swimmers yesterday, in the 4x100m men’s medley relay, 200m men’s butterfly and 800m women’s freestyle events.
Zheng Wen and Ting Wen currently top the SEA Games medals list, with six golds each.
Yesterday’s medals brought the swim team gold medal haul to 23, equalling the record set at the 2015 Games at home. This is Singapore’s greatest swim gold medal haul at an away Games, with the previous record set at the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.