Lionel Khoo Chien Yin set a new National Record in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event last night at the Singapura Finance 47th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (SNAG).
Lionel is the only breaststroke swimmer to have qualified so far
His timing of 1.02.26 minutes rewrote Parker Lam’s 2009 record, as well as making the B qualifying standard for the Olympic Games in Rio later this year. He is the only breaststroke swimmer to have qualified so far.
Said Lionel, “At least I’ve secured a chance to get a call-up and it feels good and I am just going to work harder towards the A time of under 1.01 minutes.”
Added coach Sergio Lopez, “Yes I was expecting Lionel to break the national record. He hit the B time and broke a national record so I’m really happy for him because he is back on track and has been training with good form. We just need to keep doing what we are doing.”
Quah Ting Wen makes B cut in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly
And with a timing of 1.59.75 minutes in the Women’s 200m Freestyle event, Quah Ting Wen was within a whisker of going under the A timing (1.58.96 minutes) in the event.
She also managed to clocked a Rio ‘B’ qualifying timing in the Women’s 200m butterfly heats, finishing in 2.13.72 minutes.
Said Ting Wen, “I think I did okay today, although I was hoping to go faster. I think I was a bit too conservative because the first half of the race was slower than the morning, but I swam better in the second half. It is a better B timing than the February time trials I did. I think tapering after the time trials really helped a lot because we focused more on speed and started to rest more. It’s really more mental than anything else.”
SNAG continues today
Today, the SNAG continues with the Men’s and Women’s 100m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley events.