Zheng Wen strikes gold despite flu

Zheng Wen strikes gold despite flu
Quah Zheng Wen at the start of the 200m butterfly event during the 8th Singapore National Swimming Championships on 9 August 2012.

SINGAPORE - A half-fit Quah Zheng Wen clinched his second gold medal at the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Nanjing on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old was still recovering from a stomach flu but won the boys' 200m backstroke at a canter in 2min 03.17sec, about 3.5sec ahead of Indonesia's Ricky Anggawidjaja (2:06.70) in second place.

Coach Gary Tan said: "He is getting better by the day but he has definitely lost a lot of muscle definition because of his illness and we are glad that he pulled through to get the gold medal."

The timing was off Zheng Wen's personal best and national record of 2:01.18, achieved at the Singapore National Age- Group Swimming Championships in March last year.

But it marked the teenager's second triumph in the Games, after his 200m butterfly win on Monday.

The 2012 Olympian also clinched silvers in the boys' 200m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay on Tuesday.

Other than Zheng Wen's gold, Singapore won three silvers and a bronze in the pool on Wednesday.

Darren Lim, 14, finished second in the boys' 50m butterfly with 25.32, behind Thailand's Supakrid Pananuratana (25.17).

And barely five minutes later, the teenager got back into the pool again and clocked 23.42 in the second semi-final of the boys' 50m freestyle to qualify as the top swimmer in Thursday's final.

Tan said: "Darren also has a bit of the flu but it was quite interesting to see how he did the 50m fly and the 50m free back to back and did well in both events."

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