Swimming

Published: Saturday April 12, 2014 MYT 7:50:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 12, 2014 MYT 8:20:47 PM

Ching Hwang beats Youth Olympics qualifying time

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenage swimmer Lim Ching Hwang is ready to make history in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August.

The 17-year-old dipped under the A qualifying time for the 100m freestyle at the national age-group swimming championships in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

Selangor-born Ching Hwang clocked a new meet record of 50.95 to win the boys’ 15-17 100m freestyle, which is under the A qualifying mark of 51.46 for the Youth Olympics.

The previous meet record of 51.04 was also his.

Ching Hwang also splashed to victory in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley events.

His 200m individual medley time of 2:06.90 bettered Ian James Barr’s meet record of 2:08.34 set last year.

Ching Hwang has already made the A grade for the 50m and 200m freestyle in designated local qualifying meets earlier.

An elbow injury dented the Asian Youth Games gold medallist’s hopes of shining in the individual events at the Myanmar SEA Games last year. But Ching Hwang is pleased to be on top of his game again.

“I competed at the Singapore national age-group meet last month and won my strong events as well, so I’m happy to continue doing well here.

“I took some time off after the SEA Games to recover from the injury before returning to action.

“I’m happy my hard work has paid off and I managed to swim personal bests in the 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke.

“I’m targeting a good placing to go into the Youth Olympic final and, hopefully, get a medal,” said Ching Hwang, who also won a silver as part of the 200m freestyle relay quartet at the SEA Games last year.

Ching Hwang, in fact, was just 0.59 of a second away from demolishing Barr’s national record in the 200m individual medley set in 2011.

In the national age-group swimming championships, Hong Kong topped the medal standings with a haul of 38-33-28, followed by Selangor (25-18-14) and hosts Kuala Lumpur (17-21-17).

Hong Kong led the standings with a 38-33-28 medal haul while Selangor were second with 25-18-14.

Hosts Kuala Lumpur were third with 17-21-17.  

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