Who are these Kings and Queens of the pool? Well, we are talking about none other than the South-East Asian (SEA) Games Singapore Team. What have they accomplished to earn them the rights of Kings and Queens? Well, the team emerged out victorious with the best gold haul since 1975.
With a final tally of 17 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze medals at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, it is the most number of gold medals won since 1975, where Singapore came back with 17 first-place finish as well. Comparing with the previous SEA Games in 2009 where Singapore won 43.8% of the total number of swimming golds up for grabs, the 2011 team won 44.7%, which is an improvement!
For the women’s team, Tao Li managed to come up on top and match Joscelin Yeo’s 1995 SEA Games seven gold medals rush.
Unfortunately, her quest to match Joscelin’s nine golds in 1993 fell short. Nonetheless, she was still the first athlete since Joscelin Yeo in 1995 to win seven gold medals at the SEA Games. This is something she should definitely be proud of.
For the men’s team, Joseph Schooling, a 16-year old led the charge.
Although he didn’t manage to bag as many golds as Tao Li, he still managed to attain 2 golds, a silver and a bronze medal. The most remarkable thing is that he set a new national record for all four of the events.
So how well did the 2011 SEA Games Singapore team did in overall compared to previous years? Here’s a table comparing the statistics over the past 20 years.
There you have it! A historical medal tally for the Singapore swimming team at the SEA Games. Feel free to read more on the full article HERE. A definite job well done! On behalf of Happy Fish Swim School, I would like to extend my congratulations to the Singapore team on their marvelous feat! Thank you for making us proud!
If they can do it, so can you! Whether you are looking for competitive swimming or just for leisure, we have it all. Be sure to check out our website and register with us today! We will be looking forward to seeing you at the pool soon! =)