HANOI: Their scores had flashed on the display screen on the My Dinh Water Sports Palace they usually have been midway by way of giving their interviews when the quartet of Joseph Schooling, Mikkel Lee, Quah Zheng Wen and Jonathan Tan have been instructed that that they had been disqualified from the lads’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
The Singaporeans had earlier received the race on Saturday (May 14) night with a time of three:17.19 forward of Malaysia and Vietnam. But official outcomes later disqualified Singapore and Malaysia.
This meant that Vietnam received gold, Indonesia the silver and Thailand the bronze.
The disqualification was later confirmed by nationwide head coach Gary Tan.
“I think it’s based out of a technicality. It’s very tough to actually make a protest of the result as well. Even though we’re trying to find a reason and we wanted to make sure that this was not a issue of the technical error,” he mentioned.
“Kudos to the boys. Not a fault of anybody’s; I think there’s something that happens in a competitive environment.”
At the final SEA Games in the Philippines, Darren Chua, Tan, Quah, and Schooling clinched gold in the occasion with a meet file time of three:16.82.
This is Schooling’s first occasion of the Vietnam SEA Games, the place he can even look to defend his 100m butterfly title.
Schooling, together with Quah are at the moment in the midst of serving their National Service.
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Source : channelnewsasia.com