Singapore swimmers wrap meet with 23 golds, beating 21-gold haul of 1973

Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen, Lionel Khoo, Joseph Schooling and Clement Lim win the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 4x100m medley relay final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen, Lionel Khoo, Joseph Schooling and Clement Lim win the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 4x100m medley relay final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen wins the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 50m backstroke final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen wins the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 50m backstroke final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen wins the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 50m backstroke final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen wins the gold medal for the 28th SEA Games swimming men's 50m backstroke final held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2015. - ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Tao Li reacts after winning the women's 100m butterfly during the 28th SEA Games at OCBC Aquatic Centre on 11 June 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
Singapore's Tao Li reacts after winning the women's 100m butterfly during the 28th SEA Games at OCBC Aquatic Centre on 11 June 2015. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 

On the final day of the SEA Games swimming meet, Singapore's swimmers surpassed their record 21-gold haul, achieved at the 1973 Southeast-Asian Peninsular Games, ending the six-day competition on Thursday night with 23 golds.

Starting the night on 19 golds, the hosts added four more golds to surpass the all-time high mark.

Amanda Lim started the rush, winning the 50m freestyle in a Games record time of 25.59sec.

Quah Zheng Wen was up next. He completed a backstroke sweep, winning the 50m back in a Games and national record time of 25.27sec to add to his golds in the 100m and 200m events.

Tao Li made it 22 golds with a win in the 100m fly, an event she has not lost since 2007.

The men's 4x100m medley team of Lionel Khoo, Clement Lim, Quah Zheng Wen and Joseph Schooling capped off the night with a scintillating win, clocking 3:38.25 - a new Games and national record.

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