First Games golds for Singapore in underwater hockey; lawn bowls team victorious too

Chia Han Keong
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Singapore's SEA Games gold-winning underwater hockey women's 4x4 team celebrate. (PHOTO: Alfie Lee/Sport Singapore)
Singapore's SEA Games gold-winning underwater hockey women's 4x4 team celebrate. (PHOTO: Alfie Lee/Sport Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Singapore athletes won first-ever SEA Games golds in underwater hockey, while swimmer Quah Ting Wen broke her own Games record during the women’s 100m freestyle heats on Wednesday (4 December).

In underwater hockey, which is being competed for the first time at the Games, Singapore’s men’s and women’s 4x4 teams emerged gold medallists after topping their respective round-robin groups and winning their finals against the Philippines.

The men’s team trounced Malaysia 8-1 in their semi-final clash, between running out comfortable 5-0 winners agains the hosts in the final to clinch gold.

The women’s team were equally dominant, thrashing Malaysia 9-0 in the semi-finals and then defeating the Philippines 4-2 in the final.

The lawn bowls women’s triples team of Goh Quee Kee, Lim Poh Eng and Shermeen Lim defeated their Philippines rivals 16-13 in the final to clinch gold in Clark City. Malaysia clinched bronze after beating Brunei 17-15.

Lawn bowls has been competed at the SEA Games in six editions since 1997, and Singapore’s previous best performance was a gold by Lee Yuan Min in the men’s individual competition at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games.

Singapore's lawn bowls women's triples team of (from left) Goh Quee Kee, Shermeen Lim and Lim Poh Eng won the Republic's first ever SEA Games gold in the sport. (PHOTO: SNOC/Andy Chua)
Singapore's lawn bowls women's triples team of (from left) Goh Quee Kee, Shermeen Lim and Lim Poh Eng won the Republic's first ever SEA Games gold in the sport. (PHOTO: SNOC/Andy Chua)

In the morning swimming heats, 27-year-old Quah clocked 54.75 seconds in her 100m freestyle swim, smashing her own Games record of 55.74 seconds set at the last SEA Games in 2017.

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