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Phee Jinq En

Malaysian swimmers hardly made waves at the Sea Games pool yesterday.

There were no gold or silver to show except for Phee Jinq En’s third placing in in the women’s 200m breaststroke.

The bronze for Jinq En was scant reward for her, having travelled more than 24 hours across the world, from her college in the United States, to be at the New Clark City Aquatics Centre.

Jing En clocked 2:32.383. The gold was won by Christie May of Singapore in 2:28.71 while Thai Thiangkhwan Pawapotako won silver on 2:31,47.

“This (200m breaststroke) is not my favourite event, and so the bronze is a boost for me for my pet event, the 50m butterfly,” she said.

Malaysian swimmers competed in four finals yesterday, but none of them swam to expectations.

Meanwhile, in a sluggish race, Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling lost to compatriot Tzen Wei Teong in the 50m butterfly.

Wei Teong won the gold in a slow 23.55s while Schooling clocked 23.61. Indonesia’s Glenn Sutanto claimed bronze in 23.84.

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