Schooling's biggest SEA Games rival may be his team-mate

Schooling's biggest SEA Games rival may be his team-mate

Joseph Schooling may be Singapore's best swimmer heading into June 5-16's SEA Games, but a fast-improving Quah Zheng Wen (above) could prove to be the Texas- based swimmer's biggest obstacle in outdoing his six-gold haul at the previous competition in Myanmar in 2013.

Zheng Wen, 18, has been the top swimmer at the ongoing Singapore National Age Group Championships, as he smashed two national records and six meet records. He now owns five national marks, just like the 19-year-old Schooling.

Since completing his international baccalaureate exams late last year, Zheng Wen has been training full-time, and has already shaved about two seconds off his 100m and 200m freestyle timings since December.

He could be in contention for up to 10 golds at the SEA Games, setting up an intriguing battle between Singapore's top two swimmers come June.

This article was first published on March 22, 2015.
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