YOG: Second semi-final berth for swimmer Yeo

YOG: Second semi-final berth for swimmer Yeo
Samantha Yeo clocked 1min 11.46sec to qualify in 16th place for the semi-final of the 100m breaststroke.

NANJING - Singapore swimmer Samantha Yeo made her second semi-final of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) yesterday, earning a berth among the top 16 in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Said the 17-year-old: "It was a decent swim for me - my best since my injury last October.

"I've been getting back in form since that injury but I cannot deny that I had hoped for a better swim."

She clocked 1min 11.46sec to finish 16th overall, improving on the 1:11.98 she clocked in the morning heats.

Team-mate Nur Marina Chan also made it to the top 16 in the women's 50m buttterfly event, finishing in 27.59sec for 12th place overall.

The timings were not personal bests for either of the swimmers but were still considered creditable performances by coach Gary Tan.

Both had competed in the Commonwealth Games which ended early this month, before taking part at the national short-course championships just before the YOG.

"They're doing all right, considering the fact that they've had high-level meets one after another before coming here," he said.

"They can definitely do better. The timings are not a true reflection of what they're capable of and they can swim a lot better with more ideal tapering."

But Darren Lim did not make the semi-final in the men's 50m freestyle as hoped, clocking a disappointing 23.71sec in the heats to finish 20th overall.

He had come down with a fever before the race - something he revealed to his coach only after his event.

That, combined with the weight of expectation after coming close to breaking Ang Peng Siong's 1982 record (22.69sec) in this event last year - he clocked 22.73sec - made it a double whammy for Darren, said Tan, who added that nerves had played a big part.

"He had expectations of himself and really wanted to do well here. But when you want it too badly, plus being sick, it's not a good formula," noted Tan.

He said Darren has a psychological barrier to overcome, after struggling to finish in under 23sec since his sensational swim last June.

Added Tan: "I think he knows it himself and he's still learning. He knows that there are things he can tweak or improve.

"We tend to forget that he's still only 16."

In badminton, world No. 4 junior Liang Xiaoyu's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals ended despite a comprehensive 21-6, 21-10 victory over Turkey's Aliye Demirbag.

Her loss to South Korea's Kim Ga Eun on Monday cost her the top-place finish in the group. NANJING - Singapore swimmer Samantha Yeo made her second semi-final of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) yesterday, earning a berth among the top 16 in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Said the 17-year-old: "It was a decent swim for me - my best since my injury last October.

"I've been getting back in form since that injury but I cannot deny that I had hoped for a better swim."

She clocked 1min 11.46sec to finish 16th overall, improving on the 1:11.98 she clocked in the morning heats.

Team-mate Nur Marina Chan also made it to the top 16 in the women's 50m buttterfly event, finishing in 27.59sec for 12th place overall.

The timings were not personal bests for either of the swimmers but were still considered creditable performances by coach Gary Tan.

Both had competed in the Commonwealth Games which ended early this month, before taking part at the national short-course championships just before the YOG.

"They're doing all right, considering the fact that they've had high-level meets one after another before coming here," he said.

"They can definitely do better. The timings are not a true reflection of what they're capable of and they can swim a lot better with more ideal tapering."

But Darren Lim did not make the semi-final in the men's 50m freestyle as hoped, clocking a disappointing 23.71sec in the heats to finish 20th overall.

He had come down with a fever before the race - something he revealed to his coach only after his event.

That, combined with the weight of expectation after coming close to breaking Ang Peng Siong's 1982 record (22.69sec) in this event last year - he clocked 22.73sec - made it a double whammy for Darren, said Tan, who added that nerves had played a big part.

"He had expectations of himself and really wanted to do well here. But when you want it too badly, plus being sick, it's not a good formula," noted Tan.

He said Darren has a psychological barrier to overcome, after struggling to finish in under 23sec since his sensational swim last June.

Added Tan: "I think he knows it himself and he's still learning. He knows that there are things he can tweak or improve.

"We tend to forget that he's still only 16."

In badminton, world No. 4 junior Liang Xiaoyu's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals ended despite a comprehensive 21-6, 21-10 victory over Turkey's Aliye Demirbag.

Her loss to South Korea's Kim Ga Eun on Monday cost her the top-place finish in the group.


This article was first published on August 20, 2014.
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