SEA Games: Quah siblings each strike gold, kicking off Singapore swimming's medal hunt in style

(From left) Quah Jing Wen and her siblings Zheng Wen and Ting Wen.
(From left) Quah Jing Wen and her siblings Zheng Wen and Ting Wen.PHOTOS: ST FILE, EPA-EFE
Quah Jing Wen is seen after winning Singapore's first swimming title of the SEA Games, in the women's 200m butterfly, on Dec 4, 2019.
Quah Jing Wen is seen after winning Singapore's first swimming title of the SEA Games, in the women's 200m butterfly, on Dec 4, 2019.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Swimmer Quah Zheng Wen celebrates after winning the men's 100m backstroke gold at the SEA Games on Dec 4, 2019.
Swimmer Quah Zheng Wen celebrates after winning the men's 100m backstroke gold at the SEA Games on Dec 4, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS
Swimmer Quah Ting Wen in action during the women's 100m freestyle event at the SEA Games on Dec 4, 2019. She won the event.
Swimmer Quah Ting Wen in action during the women's 100m freestyle event at the SEA Games on Dec 4, 2019. She won the event.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

CLARK (Philippines) - It was a Quah family affair on the first day of swimming at the 30th SEA Games, with siblings Ting Wen, Zheng Wen and Jing Wen striking gold in Games record times.

The youngest, 18-year-old Jing Wen, started the ball rolling by winning Singapore's first swimming title of the Philippine Games on Wednesday (Dec 4) after clocking 2min 10.97sec in the women's 200m butterfly.

She beat local favourite Remedy Alexis Rule and Vietnam's Le Thi My Thao, who finished second and third respectively in 2:10.99 and 2:12.70.

Elder brother Zheng Wen, 23, then captured the men's 100m backstroke gold in 53.79sec. It is a new national and meet record.

He will also feature in his second Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, with his time making the Olympic A mark.

Ting Wen, 27, won the women's 100m freestyle in a meet record of 54.74sec. Teammate Cherlyn Yeoh was second in 55.55.

Zheng Wen later teamed up with Joseph Schooling, Jonathan Tan and Darren Chua to win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay in a Games record of 7:17.88.