SEA Games: Men power in S'pore's swimming team

SEA Games: Men power in S'pore's swimming team

The swimming pool has traditionally been Singapore's goldmine at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

But, for far too long, the prolific miners have always been the women.

Since Independence, the almost-seamless transition from Patricia Chan through to Tao Li, via Junie Sng and then Joscelin Yeo has led to a consistent stream of gold medals.

In fact, at the last 10 SEA Games, Singapore have racked up an impressive ton of swimming golds, of which an incredible 77 per cent were contributed by the girls.

When The New Paper put these statistics to coaches at the sending-off ceremony for Singapore's 24 SEA Games swimmers at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex Saturday, they agreed that the men can and should do better.

Former Olympian David Lim even challenged the men to a better showing next month in Myanmar.

The 47-year-old told TNP: "It is about time the guys regained dominance in the pool.

"They have the potential. If they produce as many golds as the girls, it will be good for not just Singapore swimming, but also for the country in the overall medal tally.

"Joseph Schooling and (Quah) Zheng Wen are covering quite a few events, so overall the guys should do well.

"Recent news of Schooling's National Service deferment should also give aspiring young male swimmers hope that they can develop into top swimmers, and it could help to address the gender gap in the long term."

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