Swimmer Teong Tzen Wei Wins Silver At 50m Butterfly, S’pore’s First 2022 Commonwealth Games Medal

Teong Tzen Wei Clinches Silver Medal At 50m Butterfly On 30 Jul

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are now in full swing, and things are going swimmingly well, especially for Teong Tzen Wei who took silver in the men’s 50m butterfly final on Saturday (30 Jul).

Source: Eric Chua on Facebook

The swimmer clocked a time of 23.21 seconds, shortly behind England’s Ben Proud who had a time of 22.81 seconds, reported The Straits Times (ST)

This makes Teong the first in Singapore’s contingent to clinch a medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Teong Tzen Wei places second

On Saturday (30 Jul), 24-year-old national swimmer Teong touched the wall at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre in Smethwick, England in a time of 23.21 seconds.

teong tzen wei silver

Source: Eric Chua on Facebook

This won him the silver medal in the men’s 50m butterfly event.

According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the top place was claimed by England’s Ben Proud who set a new Games record of 22.81 seconds.

New Zealand’s Cameron Gray took the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds.

This remarkable result makes Teong only the third Singaporean swimmer to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Joseph Schooling first clinched a 100m butterfly silver at the 2014 Games. Subsequently, Toh Wei Soong won a bronze in the S7 50m freestyle in 2018.

Hopes to continually improve

Speaking after his swim, Teong said he is happy with silver but thinks he can go faster and better next time. He went on to say he will go back and learn how to improve on his racing.

Teong later shared that he gives his best in every race, regardless of the outcome. He also knows the swim timing was not his best time and that “we are all fighting against ourselves”.

teong tzen wei silver

Source: Eric Chua on Facebook

Earlier on Friday (29 Jul), he qualified for the final as the second fastest swimmer with a time of 23.24 seconds, behind England’s Proud, reported ST.

So far, Teong has enjoyed a great 2022. Back in the May Hanoi SEA Games, the 24-year-old was the first Southeast Asian man to swim under 22 seconds for the 50m freestyle, clinching the gold medal.

In June, at the Fina World Championships, he qualified for the men’s 50m butterfly final. He is only the third Singaporean male swimmer to make the finals at the world meet.

67 Singapore athletes in 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games officially opened on Thursday (28 Jul).

Singapore is represented at the Games by 67 athletes in nine sports — athletics, badminton, gymnastics, lawn bowling, para powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Previously on Friday (29 Jul), swimmers Quah Ting Wen, Quah Zheng Wen, Quah Jing Wen, and Jonathan Tan finished sixth in the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay final.

CNA reports that Maximillian Ang also made the finals of the men’s 200m breaststroke. He finished sixth.

Congratulations to Teong Tzen Wei

Behind every athlete’s achievements are years of unwavering commitment and hard work.

Congratulations to Teong Tzen Wei who has done Singapore proud on the world stage.

If you’d like to catch the Commonwealth Games live, it is available for free on meWATCH.

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Featured image adapted from Eric Chua on Facebook and Singapore Swimming Association on Facebook.

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