The closet sports fan finally got his dose of an international sporting event

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My trip to the 1st SEA Swimming Championships in Singapore

Being a fan of the Olympics, Asian Games, and the Southeast Asian Games, I took every opportunity I have to watch an international sporting meet while on vacation in Singapore. I am thankful that the Southeast Asian Swimming Federation gave birth to the largest swimming competition in this part of the world- the 1st Southeast Asian Swimming Championships. And I am even happier when I find out that Singapore is hosting it right on the week of our trip. 

Singapore Sports School is 19 SMRT stations away from where we were staying in Singapore. It was a long train transit from Dhoby Ghaut to Woodlands station and we need to ride a taxi for 20 minutes (SGD7.34= Php242.42) to get to the school itself. The new Singapore Sports School boasts an Olympic-size pool (50 meters in length) and hosted the swimming competition while the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex hosted Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming, and Diving events. 

We watched the event on it's second day, June 13, 2012, where our very own Jasmine Alkhaldi took home the lone Silver Team RP won in the entire meet in the Women's 50 meter Butterfly race. I had also the chance to meet another rising Filipino swimmer, Charles Walker, and Malaysia's golden boy, Daniel Bego. The morning heats were open to the public while the televised evening finals costed us 5 Singaporean Dollars or Php165. 

The medallists' podium of the 1st Southeast Asian Swimming Championships in Singapore
with our tickets to the evening finals worth SGD 5 or Php 165.
Third photo shows the Olympic pool of Singapore Sports School 
while the finalists compete for the finals of Men's 200 meter Individual Medley
including our very own Charles Walker on the 4th photo.

Reportedly, with the weak promotions done for the meet, the 1st SEA Swimming Championships failed to invite the needed crowd it wanted in Singapore. There were few screaming fans, families and team mates of the competitors perhaps, but there were less action on the bleachers. I said to myself that watching a swimming race on television is more exciting. 

However, I enjoyed the night of 7 races. Singapore's national anthem was played 5 times while Malaysia won 2 golds. 

Here's the final medal standing of the swimming events: 

The region's fastest tankers compete for the Men's 100 meter Freestyle, 
left to right: Malaysia's Daniel Bego, Singapore's Danny Yeo, Indonesia's Fauzi Triady, 
and Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc  in the starting block.
and as they swim for medals in the second and third photos. 
Fourth photo shows the scoreboard flashing the final results of Women's 50 meter Butterfly 
with the Philippines' Jasmine Alkhaldi  taking home the Silver medal 
while fifth photo shows Alkhadi about to take off on platform 4. 

Here's the complete list of gold medalists for the 1st Southeast Asian Swimming Championships: 

50 Freestyle- Triady Fauzi, Indonesia
100 Freestyle- Danny Yeo, Singapore
200 Freestyle- Danny Yeo, Singapore
400 Freestyle- Kevin Yeap, Malaysia
1,500 Freestyle- Kevin Yeap, Malaysia
50 Backstroke- Sudartawa Siman, Indonesia
100 Backstroke- Sudartawa Siman, Indonesia
200 Backstroke- Sudartawa Siman, Indonesia
50 Breaststroke- Lionel Khoo, Singapore
100 Breaststroke- Lionel Khoo, Singapore
200 Breastroke- See Tuan Yap, Malaysia
50 Butterfly- Victor Glenn, Indonesia
100 Butterfly- Victor Glenn, Indonesia 
200 Butterfly- Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore
200 Individual Medley- Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore
400 Individual Medley- Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore
400 Freestyle Relay- Indonesia
800 Freestyle Relay- Singapore
400 Medley Relay- Indonesia

50 Freestyle- Amanda Yap, Singapore
100 Freestyle- Mylene Ong, Singapore 
200 Freestyle- Amanda Yap, Singapore
400 Freestyle- Khai Lin Khoo, Malaysia
800 Freestyle- Khai Lin Khoo, Malaysia
50 Backstroke- Thi Ang Vien Nguyen, Vietnam
100 Backstroke- Thi Ang Vien Nguyen, Vietnam
200 Backstroke- Thi Anh Vien Nguyen, Vietnam
50 Breaststroke- Christina Loh, Malaysia
100 Breaststroke- Yi Ting Siow, Malaysia
200 Breastroke- Yi Ting Siow, Malaysia
50 Butterfly- Mylene Ong, Singapore
100 Butterfly- Li Tao, Singapore
200 Butterfly- Arieswati Lorenza Monaliza, Indonesia
200 Individual Medley- Thi Anh Vien Nguyen, Vietnam
400 Individual Medley- Thi Anh Vien Nguyen, Vietnam
400 Freestyle Relay- Singapore
800 Freestyle Relay- Singapore
400 Medley Relay- Singapore

The facade of the majestic venue, Singapore Sports School
with this blogger attending my first international meet as shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos.
Watching the SEA Swimming Championships was an adventure too even for a mere audience like me, 
as I need to travel 19 stations via Singapore Metro Railway Transit or SMRT to get to the venue
as seen in the 4th and 5th photos below. 

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