Asean University Games 2016

Asean University Games: Swimmers find golden form as tally mounts

Top: Singapore's Lionel Khoo won the 200m individual medley in 2min 4.26sec yesterday. Above: Amanda Lim, seen here racing in the 50m butterfly, won the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Singapore's Lionel Khoo won the 200m individual medley in 2min 4.26sec yesterday. PHOTOS: AUG 2016 MEDIA
Top: Singapore's Lionel Khoo won the 200m individual medley in 2min 4.26sec yesterday. Above: Amanda Lim, seen here racing in the 50m butterfly, won the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Amanda Lim, seen here racing in the 50m butterfly, won the 50m and 100m freestyle events.PHOTOS: AUG 2016 MEDIA

Team manager lauds 'fantastic' effort as pool yields total of nine medals, with seven golds

Singapore's Asean University Games (AUG) swimmers wrapped up four days of competition with three more gold medals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday, taking the team's final tally to seven golds and two bronzes.

This year's haul has delighted team manager Kang Guan Hock, who witnessed a barren harvest at the last AUG in Palembang, Indonesia, two years ago.

The AUG organisers do not have detailed records to determine whether this is Singapore's best performance at the Games but for Kang, the effort shown by the team was cause for delight.

The 65-year-old said: "It's the best (performance) because all the national swimmers swam for us, not to mention the support we had from the Singapore Swimming Association.

"The national swimmers who just came back from the United States probably haven't recovered from jet lag, yet they still did extremely well... it's fantastic."

Lionel Khoo, who had just returned from a training camp in the United States, clinched his first gold medal of the swim meet yesterday, finishing the men's 200m individual medley in 2min 4.26sec.

"I didn't expect to swim here as we were hoping to go to Rio, but since it didn't happen, we came back in time for this meet," said the 21-year-old, who finished ahead of Thailand's Jirapong Sangkhawat (2:07.44) and Indonesia's Muhammad Hamgari (2:07.89).

"It's good to know that although I wasn't very well tapered, I can still post good times and win medals."

Khoo had also won the 200m breaststroke final on Thursday, posting 2:16.19 to break the national record.

Amanda Lim won her second gold medal of the meet, finishing the 50m freestyle race in 25.7sec.

The 23-year-old touched home ahead of Thailand's Jenjira Srisaard (26.02) and Malaysia's Chui Lai Kwan (26.56).

Lim also won gold on the first day of the meet, winning the 100m freestyle final in 56.68sec.

Echoing Khoo's sentiments, Lim, who did not qualify for Rio, said she entered the AUG "wanting to know how fast I can go".

She added: "I'm happy with my overall results, but I expected (I would be able to) swim a little bit faster for the 50m freestyle.

"I couldn't get any speed in my race, probably because we didn't taper and rest for this meet, which is very important for sprint events."

Danny Yeo bagged Singapore swimming's seventh gold medal with a time of 1min 50.79sec in the 200m freestyle, ahead of Malaysia's Yeap Zheng Yang (1:52.63) and Indonesia's Ricky Anggawidjaja (1:52.90).

The Republic is now fourth on the overall medal table, with 12 golds, seven silvers and 13 bronzes. Leading the medal table is Thailand, with 27 golds, 17 silvers and 14 bronzes, followed by Indonesia (19, 28, 14) and Malaysia (13, 16, 18). The AUG will conclude on Tuesday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2016, with the headline 'Swimmers in golden form as meet ends'. Print Edition | Subscribe