Yeo breaks national 400m free record

Yeo breaks national 400m free record

BETTER known as a 100m and 200m freestyle specialist, Danny Yeo has added another feather to his cap with a new national record in the 400m event.

Yesterday evening at the Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships, the 24-year-old surprised even himself when he smashed Quah Zheng Wen's 400m freestyle mark, clocking 3min 55.14sec.

Yeo shaved more than two seconds off the previous mark of 3:57.75. It was also three seconds quicker than his personal best.

After winning a bronze in the 100m at last year's SEA Games and a gold in the 200m at the 2011 edition, Yeo has been expanding his repertoire of events over the last two years and his effort is paying off.

"I'm actually quite new to the 400m so I'm hoping to get a few races under my belt and improve my time," he said, after breaking the record at the Singapore Sports School yesterday.

Yeo is also the national record holder for the 100m freestyle.

His 400m freestyle time yesterday has helped him qualify for the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, this September.

He has also met the "B" time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July.

Yeo did not compete in the 400m freestyle at last year's Myanmar SEA Games but his new national record would have earned him a silver medal.

His training partner Teo Zhen Ren, 21, who finished second in the 400m freestyle final, also went under the national mark with 3:57.69.

"I train with him every day, I see him about 10 times a week," said Yeo.

"We push each other and it was a good race for both of us."

yuntingc@sph.com.sg


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