SINGAPORE - The second and final day of the Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup on Saturday (Oct 22) saw a surprise medal for hosts Singapore as Nicholle Teo bagged a bronze in the 200m butterfly.
The 15-year-old clocked 2min 11.26sec (2:11.26), finishing behind Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu (2:05.95) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:06.24), sending the home crowd at the OCBC Aquatic Centre into a frenzy.
Nicholle, who has been training at the British International School in Phuket since August last year, also broke the national record of 2:12.45, set by Joscelin Yeo in 2000.
Looking composed despite her feat, Nicholle said: "I was definitely nervous because I was racing against world class athletes. But I was third in the heats so I was just trying to maintain that."
National team-mate Lionel Khoo was also in record-breaking form over two days of racing, setting new national marks in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Khoo, 21, timed 1:00.46 and 2:11.80 in the 100m and 200m event respectively, lowering the previous records of 1:00.66 and 2:12.47.
After two days of racing, Hungary's triple Olympic champion Hosszu stretched her lead at the top of the leaderboard.
The 27-year-old won five of her seven races and sits comfortably at the top of the rankings with two legs (Tokyo and Hong Kong) remaining. She has 921 points, ahead of Jeanette Ottesen (354) and Alia Atkinson (343).
Russia's Vladimir Morozov leads the men's leaderboard with 514 points, ahead of Chad le Clos (429) and Philip Heintz (252).