SINGAPORE — Swimmers from Singapore and Indonesia will sq. off within the inaugural Duel Meet that may see them race face to face in an array of occasions on the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 28 to 29 Jan.
Each nations utilizing this meet to fine-tune their swimmers as they put together for the SEA Video games in Might. Within the thirty first SEA Video games held final 12 months in Vietnam, Singapore received 21 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze within the swimming competitors. It was two gold medals wanting their all-time best-ever efficiency within the SEA Video games, which they achieved in 2015 and 2019.
Among the many prime swimmers representing Singapore within the Duel Meet are Commonwealth Video games silver medalist Teong Zhen Wei, and Quah Ting Wen, representing the nation on the 2008 and 2016 Olympics. Hosts Indonesia will probably be headlined by breaststroke specialist Gagarin Nathaniel Yus and sprinter Patricia Yosita.
Singapore nationwide swimming head coach Gary Tan will rekindle reminiscences of his swimming days as on the opposing facet is a well-known face, Indonesia staff supervisor Wisnu Wardhana whom he first met within the pool on the 1997 SEA Video games.
Whereas this can be the primary such meet of its type, Tan hopes that it received’t be the final and believes that it may be constructed in direction of strengthening the aquatics scene for the 2 international locations.
“We hope to make this an annual affair and construct up pleasure for each Indonesia and Singapore swimming. Singapore and Indonesia have at all times loved a wholesome, aggressive rivalry, even throughout Wisnu’s and my period,” mentioned Tan, who will probably be supported by different swimming coaches, Gustavo Schirru, Thng Shiqi and Carl de Vries.
“We wish to construct on this wealthy shared historical past for future generations.”
“Gary and I’ve stored in contact all these years and we thought it will be good to work on one thing collectively,” added Wisnu, who’s trying ahead to assembly Tan.
Singapore will probably be represented by a complete of 16 swimmers. The complete listing could be discovered under.
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