Swimming: Saving the best for las

Swimming: Saving the best for las
Singapore youth swimmer Nur Marina Chan

The home team representatives blazed the sixth and final day of the swimming programme at the TYR 2nd South-east Asian Championships presented by Yakult yesterday, claiming two gold medals, three silvers and a bronze.

It was Singapore's most productive day at the meet.

At the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Amanda Lim and Marina Chan combined to bring home the gold and silver medals in the women's 50m freestyle.

Amanda clocked 25.74sec, just 0.05 shy of the Sea Games record she set in Naypyidaw, Myanmar last year, and 0.36sec above the national record that is also hers.

Teammate Marina (left) was just behind her with a time of 26.00, and Natthanan Junkrajang of Thailand finished third (26.35).

Speaking to The New Paper after her win, Amanda, 21, said: "I'm pretty happy with my swim, because I can really see the progress in my races, so it's looking good for me for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.


"I knew it would hard to beat any records, because I'm not really rested from school and trainings, but I got close to it so I'll take what I can get."

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Marina added that the meet has given her the chance to learn from her senior swimmers.

She said: "I'm really proud of my performance because I won a medal and also did a better time.

My previous best in the event was 26.11, and to achieve a flat 26.00 feels great.

"The whole meet has been a great learning opportunity because I got to swim with Amanda and Natthanan, so now I can gauge where I stand, and where I need to improve."

The Singapore men's team continued the gold-silver finish in the 50m breaststroke, after Lionel Khoo and Darrin Lam finished first and second respectively.

Lionel touched the wall in 28.93, and Darrin took the silver in 29.40. Matjiur Rakomyos completed the podium in 29.45.

Singapore finished the meet in first place with 12 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals.

This article was first published on June 23, 2014.
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