Swimming: Darren Lim not setting world cup target

Swimming: Darren Lim not setting world cup target
Age is on the side of freestyle specialist Darren Lim who just turned 15. He had already shown in August's Asian Youth Games in China that he was among the continent's top young talents when he won the 50m freestyle gold.

Still only a teenager, yet to sit his O levels and acne on his forehead - but swimmer Darren Lim is already expected to be a standard bearer for Singapore.

Having just turned 15 less than three weeks ago, the Coleman College student will be one to watch at next week's Fina Swimming World Cup at the Singapore Sports School.

The strapping 1.78m freestyle specialist will also compete in December's SEA Games in Myanmar in the 50m, 100m and 4x100m freestyle events.

But with the World Cup being a 25m short-course event, Darren, who has never competed in this format or in this series of meets organised by swimming's international federation Fina, is not setting his sights too high.

The Swimfast Aquatic Club member said: "I'm not going into the World Cup with any medal targets.

"It is all about gaining experience.

"Although the World Cup is a short-course event, it is still helpful in a long-course meet like the SEA Games because the starts and finishes have to be perfect, which will benefit a sprinter like me.

"I will aim for a medal but I am not hoping for too much or it will be too stressful."

Said his Swimfast coach David Lim, a former national swimmer and an Olympian: "Darren is relatively new to the scene. With more races under his belt, he will be calmer.

"He has a huge advantage as he is the only South-east Asia swimmer to go under 23 seconds in the 50m freestyle this year."

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