Singapore swim queen Tao Li enjoyed a fruitful two days in the Moscow leg of the 2013 Fina Swimming World Cup last weekend, finishing on the podium in both events she competed in.
Up against some of the world's fastest female swimmers, such as Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, the butterfly specialist proved her mettle by bagging a silver and a bronze medal in the 100m and 50m butterfly races respectively.
Tao's time of 57.65sec in the 100m butterfly - which is off her short-course national record time of 56.28 - saw her finish behind Sjoestroem (57.04), who won the same event at this year's world championships in Barcelona, Spain, and just ahead of Hosszu (57.67).
In the 50m butterfly, she clocked 25.99, behind winner Sjoestroem (25.56) and the Netherlands' Inge Dekker (25.97). Her mark also falls short of her 25.43 national record.
With the SEA Games coming up in December in Myanmar, the good showing comes as a timely boost for the 23-year-old, who won seven golds during the 2011 Palembang Games.
Tao was unavailable for comment on Monday as she was on a flight to Dubai for the next leg of the eight-leg World Cup series, which will take place tomorrow and on Thursday.
However, in a post on her Facebook page, she wrote: "Finished the first leg! Not too bad (a) swim."
In the men's competition in Moscow, Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos bagged three gold medals, winning the 100m and 200m butterfly as well as the 200m individual medley.
Le Clos, who has confirmed his participation in the Singapore leg of the World Cup, also clinched a silver medal in the 50m butterfly.
The Singapore leg takes place on Nov 5 and 6 at the Singapore Sports School.
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