Asian Games: Swimming stars the shining examples

Joseph Schooling (from left), Quah Zheng Wen, Jonathan Tan and Danny Yeo with their bronze medals from the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final at the 18th Asian Games in Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre, Jakarta, on Aug 20, 2018.
Joseph Schooling (from left), Quah Zheng Wen, Jonathan Tan and Danny Yeo with their bronze medals from the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final at the 18th Asian Games in Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre, Jakarta, on Aug 20, 2018. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Fewer total medals shouldn't deter ambitions to excel but certain sports need a revival

Singapore were sensational in the Asian Games pool, with Joseph Schooling and company reaping six medals, hitting the sole Games record by a Singaporean at these Games, claiming seven of the eight national records broken, and registering 15 of the 18 personal bests seen in Jakarta and Palembang.

Roanne Ho's silver was a pleasant surprise, but it was not just the Jo-Ro show that made this their best-ever show at an Asiad. That three relay medals were gained speaks of the depth the sport has beyond the butterfly star.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline 'Swimming stars the shining examples'. Print Edition | Subscribe