Swimming: S'pore eye repeat of 2011 golden haul

Swimming: S'pore eye repeat of 2011 golden haul
Local swimmer Quah Zheng Wen in the Boys' B Division 100m backstroke event at the Singapore Sports School on 25 April 2012.

SINGAPORE - Singapore will be looking to repeat its success of 17 gold medals from the 2011 South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar this year.

But Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) technical director and national coach Ian Turner warned that the reduction of the number of events at this year's Games means matching that number will not be an easy task.

Thirty-two gold medals are up for grabs in swimming across a five-day meet, compared to 38 in Palembang two years ago.

After overseeing the last day of a three-day final qualification meet at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Turner said on Thursday: "There are significantly fewer events than there were two years ago.

"The programme has been reduced and we got 17 gold medals last time, so obviously that's the target.

"It will be difficult and I think we have to quantify everything by saying that there are fewer events." The SEA Games will be held in Napyidaw, Myanm ar, from Dec 11 to 22.

While meeting the 17-gold target will be a challenge, Turner believes that the qualifying time for a bronze medal in 2011 will only be a good thing for the swimmers who will fly the Singapore flag at the Games.

"We'll still be very competitive in everything that we are racing in," said the Englishman.

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