Friday, December 11, 2009

Yi Ting Splashes Her Way To The Gold In A New Sea Games And National Record

VIENTIANE, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- National swimmer Siow Yi Ting smashed the SEA Games and National records en route to splashing her way to the gold medal in the women's 200m individual medley at National Sport Complex Swimming Pool here on Thursday.

It was the first gold medal from the pool and was a perfect birthday gift for Yi Ting who will be celebrating her 24th birthday tomorrow.

Yi Ting clocked 2 minutes 14.57s seconds to erase the old SEA Games mark of 2:17.17s held by Singaporean swimmer Joscelin Yeo since the 1999 Brunei SEA Games and her own National record of 2:16.92s that was set during the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

"It was my timing to do that here. I was not in good form a few times, so this is the time to do that. It was actually target to win the gold medal in this event.

"I was shocked to know that I broke the Games record because I was telling myself to clock in the region of 2:15.00 but 2:14.00 is certainly a bonus," said Yi Ting, who had also won a gold medal in the same event at the Korat SEA Games.

Moments later Yi Ting dived into the pool again to help the women's 4x200m quartet - Li Lai Wei, Hii Siew Siew and Khoo Cai Lin -- to win a bronze medal in the team medley.

Meanwhile, the men's 4x200m quartet, comprising Foo Jian Beng, Kevin Yeap, Kevin Lim and Daniel Bego won a bronze as well as erase the 10-year-old National record in the 4x200m freestyle.

They clocked 7:36.89s to erase the old mark of 7:40.88s set by Alvin Cheah, Lim Keng Liat, Wan Azlan Abdullah and Diung Manggang during the 1999 Brunei SEA Games.

Tomorrow, seven more swimming events will be held.


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