Swimming in fine health

Swimming in fine health
Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) swimmer Samantha Yeo during training.

They may have ended the meet with two silvers, but Singapore's swimmers put up a golden showing at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing.

In the final day in the pool on Friday, Samantha Yeo clinched a silver in the girls' 200m breaststroke in 2min 33.72sec, while Marina Chan also finished second in the girls' 100m freestyle in 57.56.

The Republic's 15-strong swim team finished the five days of competition with five golds, 10 silvers and two bronze medals, second behind South Korea (16-7-7).

It is an improved showing by the Singaporean swimmers from the inaugural Games held in Singapore in 2009, where a team led by Quah Ting Wen bagged five golds, two silvers and five bronzes, finishing third behind South Korea (11-11-5) and China (5-5-7).

China, this year's hosts, elected to field a team made up of swimmers from various sports schools, and finished joint-last in the swimming standings alongside Kazakhstan, Macau and Sri Lanka, all with one bronze each.

Singapore Swimming Association technical director and national head coach Ian Turner said: "The five days of swimming have shown just how much potential Singapore have in the pool. It was an outstanding result from the athletes.

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