Samantha back on song

File photo: Samantha Yeo made her debut at the 2009 SEA Games at the age of 12.

Samantha Louisa Yeo had not posted a personal best (PB) time in 2012, until last Thursday.

She clocked her last PB at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Indonesia last December, when she posted 1 minute 12.12 seconds in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

That streak came to an end on the first day of the National Swimming Championships, when the 15-year-old clinched the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1min 11.87sec, rewriting Joscelin Yeo’s 2005 meet record of 1 min 12.36sec.

Samantha, who made her debut at the 2009 SEA Games at the age of 12, finished second in the 400m individual medley barely 30 minutes before her winning swim.

“I was exhausted after swimming the 400,” she said.

“But I’m quite pleased with my result (in the breaststroke). There’s definitely great satisfaction in setting a new personal best time.”

Two other meet records fell at the Singapore Sports School yesterday.

Danny Yeo clocked 50.97sec in the men’s 100m freestyle, rewriting his own 2010 record of 50.99sec.

In the 100m breaststroke, Lionel Khoo recorded 1min 3.81sec to eclipse the previous mark of 1min 4.20sec set by Thailand’s Sirisanont Ratapong in 2008.

– ALI KASIM

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