It was a long wait but Amanda Lim finally struck individual SEA Games Gold on the fifth and final day of Swimming at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. And it came in the shortest race.
Swimming in the Women's 50m Freestyle, she proved herself to be the undisputed sprint queen of Southeast Asia, setting a new Games record of 25.69 seconds. This was her season's best and it was enough for her to retain her title. Thailand's Natthanan Junkrajang (25.80 secs) and Jenjira Srisa Ard (25.90 secs) took the other medals. "I've waited so long for this, so I'm really very happy with the win," she said.
She was pleased with how the race went tonight. She had a good start and that was crucial in any 50m event. "This is my pet event. So I'm glad I managed a good swim," she said, adding that retaining a title was never easy. The long wait too can be distracting, given the fact that others had already completed all their races. "Sometimes it can be hard to mentally prepare for races that come at the end but my teammates have been supportive in helping me stay focused." No Perfect Record
In another highlight of the final evening of swimming, Joseph Schooling cruised home for Gold in the Men's 200m Butterfly, clocking 1:59.46. Team mate Quah Zheng Wen (2:01.65) was second while Philippnes' Matt Louis Navata (2:04.20) finished third. But Joseph - who was on a quest for six Gold medals and had already won five before the final event - was denied a perfect record. In the Men's 4x100m Medley relay which ended the swimming competition, he and his team mates - Zheng Wen, Christopher Cheong and Clement Lim - had to settle for Silver . They clocked 3:43.62 to finish behind the powerful Indonesians (3:41.65). Thailand (3:47.94) was third.
In other results, Meagan Lim came in third in the Women's 400m Individual Medley with a time of 5:01.74 while Zheng Wen was third in the Men's 200m Freestyle, clocking 1:51.66. Finishing ahead of Meagan were Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (4:46.16) and Indonesia's Ressa Kania Dewi (4:59.49) while Zheng Wen came in after Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc (1:50.64) and Malaysia's Daniel Bego (1:51.10).
There was a surprise in the Women's 200m Butterfly, when Thailand's Kittiya Patarawadee (2:13.83) edged out favourites Quah Ting Wen (2:14.42) and Tao Li (2:14.51) for the Gold medal after a thrilling contest.
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