Joseph Schooling leaves competitors in wake to take first SEA Games individual gold

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Joseph Schooling with the gold medal from the men's 200m individual medley in the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex, Myanmar, on Friday, Dec 13, 2013. Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in N
Joseph Schooling with the gold medal from the men's 200m individual medley in the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex, Myanmar, on Friday, Dec 13, 2013. Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first individual gold medal of the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar when he won the men's 200m individual medley.

His time of 2min 00.82sec was a new Games record, smashing the 2011 mark of 2:02.90 set by Thailand's Nuttapong Ketin. His time put him almost three seconds ahead of Vietnam's Tran Duy Khoi (2:03.81). Ketin was third with 2:05.06.

But the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team relinquished their title after clocking 3:49.00 to finish second behind Thailand. The Thais, anchored by freestyle specialist Nattanan Junkrajang, touched home first in 3:47.66. Indonesia were third with 3:55.28.

In the women's 100m freestyle reswim, Quah Ting Wen, who holds the meet record of 56.03 seconds, took silver with a time of 56.54. She out-touched Jasmine Alkhaldi of the Philippines, who came in first on Thursday, but lost out to Thailand's defending champion Junkrajang. Technical errors during the final on Thursday led to the re-swim. Singapore's Amanda Lim, who came in third in the original final, missed out on a medal.

Danny Yeo won a bronze in the men's 100m freestyle event, clocking 50.83 to take third place. He was behind Indonesia's Triady Fauzi Sidiq, whose time of 49.99 was a new Games record. Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc was second with 50.52.

Lynette Lim also swam to a bronze in the women's 400m freestyle. She clocked 4:21.24, finishing behind Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn of Thailand (4:14.23) and Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (4:16.06).

Samantha Yeo missed out on a podium finish in the women's 100m breaststroke by just 0.11sec. The 16-year-old had dislocated her knee just two months before the Games. In the men's 100m breaststroke, Christopher Cheong clocked 1:05.46 to finish seventh.