Marina strikes gold, silver

Marina strikes gold, silver
National swimmer Nur Marina Chan.

Singapore continued its impressive form on Day 2 of the swimming programme in the TYR South-east Asia (SEA) Swimming Championships presented by Yakult yesterday.

Marina Chan was the Republic's biggest winner when she secured gold in the women's 50m butterfly (27.49 sec) and a silver medal in the women's 100m freestyle (57.15) at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

In the process, the 16-year-old rewrote Mylene Ong's year-old meet record of 27.72 sec in the 50m butterfly.

Marina said: "I was seeded fourth in the women's 100m event, so before the final, I aimed for at least a podium spot.

"But I really surprised myself by getting a silver medal and what's more surprising is the event was right after my gold medal in the women's 50m event, so I am really happy and proud about that."

Meanwhile, Singapore's Jing-E Tan made it a 1-2 in the 50m butterfly, clocking 27.49, followed by Jenjira Srisa-Ard of Thailand (28.09).

The women's 100m freestyle was won by hot favourite Natthanan Junkrajang of Thailand in 56.55 sec, with Singapore's Amanda Lim third (57.23).

In the men's 50m backstroke, Indonesia's Gede Siman Sudartawa won gold, rewriting his own meet record with a time of 25.52 sec.

Other winners on the night included Indonesia's Triadi Fauzi in the men's 200m individual medley and Thailand's Phiangkhwan Pawapotako in the women's 200m breaststroke.

In the final event of the night, Singapore's team of Danny Yeo, Clement Lim, Teo Zhen Ren, and Pang Sheng Jun clocked 7:35.75 in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay to beat Indonesia's Alexis Wijaya Ohmar, Satrio Bagaskara, Fadhlan Prawira and Ricky Anggawijaya (7:51.75) into second spot.

This article was first published on June 19, 2014.
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