Golden gift arrives late

Golden gift arrives late
Singapore's Joseph Schooling with his gold medal from the men's 200m butterfly event in swimming competition of the 27th South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex, Myanmar on 16 December 2013.

SINGAPORE - A dream six-gold finish for Singapore swimming sensation Joseph Schooling at the Myanmar SEA Games is back on, three months after he climbed out of the pool in Naypyidaw.

The 18-year-old had missed out on a clean sweep when Singapore finished second in the 4x100m medley behind Indonesia last December. But he is now set to claim the top prize after one of the winning quartet - Indra Gunawan, 25 - was banned from the sport for doping.

Swimming's world governing body Fina has announced that Indra and another Indonesian swimmer, Putera Pratama, tested positive for a banned substance, methylhexaneamine, in July.

The organisation's proceedings have just ended and both have been banned for two years.

The punishment is back-dated to July, meaning that all subsequent results - including the SEA Games' - have been annulled.

Indonesia had clocked 3min 41.65sec to win the 4x100m medley in the December meet.

Christopher Cheong, Quah Zheng Wen and Clement Lim made up Singapore's quartet alongside Schooling. Thailand, who finished third in that race, will move up to second while Malaysia take third spot.

With the shift in results, Schooling - the meet's top-performing swimmer with five golds, including four in meet-record times - gets to complete his six-for-six gold tally.

His other triumphs were in the 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays as well as 4x100m medley relay.

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