Joseph Schooling, Vien Nguyen Dominating Southeast Asian Games

Joseph Schooling NCAA champion
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen continued to rack up the gold medals on the second-to-last night of swimming at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

Schooling ran his gold medal tally to eight, with one more chance for a ninth gold tomorrow in the men’s 400-meter medley relay.

Schooling won the men’s 50-meter fly in a Games-record time of 23.49. That swim beat his 2011 mark of 24.06, and just missed his Singapore record of 23.43 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Indonesia’s Glenn Sutanto placed second in 24.12 with Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah earning third in 24.36.

Schooling then doubled up with a 2:00.66 Games record in the men’s 200-meter IM.  That swim lowered his previous meet mark of 2:00.82 from 2013. Teammate Quah took second in 2:02.22 with Philippines’ Jessie Lacuna placing third in 2:02.24.

Nguyen moved her medal tally to seven golds, a silver and a bronze (nine total) with three more events slated tomorrow in the 100 fly, 200 breast and 100 back.

Nguyen won the 400-meter free tonight in 4:08.66, smashing the meet and Vietnamese records.  The time cleared the meet mark of 4:10.75 set by Malaysia’s Cai Lin Khoo in 2009. It also cleared Nguyen’s national record of 4:12.94 set at the 2014 Southeast Asian Games.

Khoo took second tonight in 4:17.79 with Thailand’s Ammiga Himathongkom snaring third in 4:20.20.

Vietnam’s Quang Nhat Lam won the men’s 1500-meter free in a Games-record 15:31.03.  That swim blasted the previous record of 15:37.75 set by Ryan Arabejo of the Philippines in 2009.

Indonesia’s Aflah Fadlan Prawira placed second in 15:38.23 with Malaysia’s Kevin Yeap earning third in 15:55.69.

Singapore’s Roanne Ho topped the women’s 50-meter breast with a meet-record time of 31.45. That swim cleared her previous record of 32.00 from prelims, which lowered Christina Loh’s 2011 record of 32.49.

Malaysia’s Jinq En Phee (32.46) and Erika Kong (32.58) finished second and third.

Singapore’s Tao Li (1:03.56), Ho (1:09.66), Ting Wen Quah (59.18) and Xiang Qi Lim (56.32) cruised by the Games record in the women’s 400-meter medley relay with a 4:08.72.  That swim undercut the meet record of 4:10.38 set by Singapore in 2009.

2015 Southeast Asian Games, Day Five – Results