Gold and PB for Samantha

Gold and PB for Samantha
Mr Sam Tan (second from left), visited Singapore's Asian Youth Games fencing team at the Nanjing International Expo Centre Hall.

SINGAPORE - Singapore's swimmers continued to strike gold at the Asian Youth Games on Tuesday.

Samantha Yeo, 16, already the nation's top breaststroke specialist, clocked a new personal best in the 50m in Nanjing. She timed 32.56 seconds - bettering her previous best of 32.69sec set last month - to beat South Korea's Yang Ji Won (32.79) and Chinese Taipei's Huang Wen-chi (32.81).

Said Samantha: "I wouldn't deny that I was setting my sights on gold, and I'm happy to say that I've done it.

"There's still much to work on because in the 50m, it's all about finding the perfect execution. But today, I did as good as I could have asked for."

Quah Zheng Wen, who took gold in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday, had to settle for silver in the 200m freestyle as he lost to Malaysia's Lim Ching Hwang.

The boys' team also added another silver in the 4x100m free. South Korea were first and Malaysia, third.

Singapore's other medals yesterday came in shooting and fencing. Teh Xiu Yi took silver in the 10m air pistol and Zachary Chen finished with a bronze in the boys' epee individual.

The nation's medal tally stands at two golds, five silvers and three bronzes, sixth among 45 teams.

ugenec@sph.com.sg


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