© Fournis par AFP Joseph Schooling of Singapore competes the men’s 200m medley final during the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 10, 2015
Singapore sensation Joseph Schooling grabbed another two SEA Games swimming gold medals to reach eight on Wednesday and put an ugly gender-test row in the shade.
The strong world and Olympic prospect shrugged off the burden of his gruelling schedule as he made it eight wins in four days, and all in event-record time.
Schooling was a whisker off his own Asian record in the 50m butterfly, timing 23.49 sec, and he was just inside the Games mark with 2:00.66 in the 200m individual medley.
The 19-year-old has only Thursday’s 4x100m medley relay left to complete a haul of nine gold medals and head to next month’s world championships in buoyant mood.
“I feel relieved, I feel pretty bad right now,” said Schooling, after signing autographs on the pool deck and being congratulated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“I am pretty tired but I know that I have one more event tomorrow and that’s the relay so I am going to give it my all and finish the SEA Games with a bang, the way I started it.”
Vietnam’s “Iron Girl” Nguyen Thi Anh Vien stood out once again among the women’s swimmers as she won the 400m freestyle to reach seven gold medals.
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