SEA Games: Darren Chua wins 100m freestyle, beats defending champion Joseph Schooling

SEA Games: Darren Chua wins 100m freestyle, beats defending champion Joseph Schooling

Collage of 100m freestyle
Composite image of Darren Chua (left) and Joseph Schooling. (Photo: Matthew Mohan, Reuters)

NEW CLARK CITY, Philippines: Joseph Schooling was beaten by teammate Darren Chua to the 100m freestyle title on Sunday (Dec 8) at the SEA Games, failing to defend his crown.

Schooling’s timing of 49.64 at the New Clark City Aquatic Complex meant that he was 0.05s behind Chua (49.59), who claimed gold.

Earlier in the day, Schooling finished third in the heats with a time of 50.37.

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Schooling won an individual gold in the 100m butterfly at the Games, clocking a time of 51.84.

Earlier in the competition, Schooling was upset by compatriot Teong Tzen Wei in the 50m butterfly and had to settle for silver.

There were more victories for Singapore’s swimmers in the day's other races.

Lionel Khoo won a historic gold and broke the SEA Games record in the 50m breaststroke final with a time of 28.15.

He became the first Singaporean male to clinch a breaststroke gold at the Games since Ng Yue Meng's victory in 1989.

In the women's 50m freestyle event, Amanda Lim took home gold as she broke the Games record by clocking a personal best of 25.06.

Capping the day's medal haul with a fourth gold was the women's team in the 4x100m medley relay.

Quah siblings Jing Wen and Ting Wen, Elena Pedersen and Christie May Chue broke both the Games and national records with a time of 4:07.05.

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Source: CNA/jt