Six US-based swimmers on dual mission in world meet


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  • Thursday, 26 Jun 2003

BY LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: The six Malaysian swimmers based in the United States will take on a dual mission in the World Championships, which will be held in Barcelona from July 13-27. 

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia's (Asum) secretary, Edwin Chong, said that Lim Keng Liat, Allen Ong, Lubrey Lim, Saw Yi Khy, Wong Tuck Kar and Siow Yi Ting had the task to secure places in the 2004 Athens Olympics and qualify on merit for the Vietnam SEA Games in December. 

Of the six, Yi Ting and Yi Khy have qualified for the Olympics. 

Yi Ting beat the Olympic qualifying time in four events – 100m and 200m breaststroke and 100m and 200m individual medley in the US spring national championships in Indianapolis last month. 

The 17-year-old Negri Sembilan swimmer will compete in the same events in the World Championships. 

Penangite Yi Khy also beat the Olympic qualifying mark in the meet in Indianapolis. Yi Khy clocked 15:58.95 in the 1,500m freestyle to dip under the qualifying mark of 16:00.15. 

Yi Khy will be the busiest swimmer among the lot in Barcelona. He is down to compete in five events – 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley. 

“Yi Ting is the only swimmer to qualify on merit for the SEA Games thus far. She will attempt to improve on her times in the World Championships,” said Edwin. 

“As for the rest, we hope they will be able to beat the SEA Games qualifying marks and win places in the Olympics too.” 

Commonwealth and Asian Games silver medallist Keng Liat, who stands the best chance among the Malaysians to reach the top eight final, will take part in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events. No Malaysian has qualified for the final in the history of the World Championships. 

Malaysia will also be represented in diving and synchronised swimming. 

Edwin said that the three divers – Leong Mun Yee, Noraznizal Najib and 14 year-old Zibeon Uzza – were unlikely to win places in the Olympics from the World Championships, which offered places to the top 12. 

“They stand a better chance in the World Cup in Athens next February, which is the second qualifying meet offering 22 places to the Olympics,” he said. 

Synchronised swimmers Suzanna Ghazali Bujang and Sara Kamil Yusof will compete in only the duet in the world championships.  

THE ENTRIES 

  • SWIMMING 

    Lim Keng Liat:

  • 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke. 

    Allen Ong: 50m and 100m freestyle. 

    Lubrey Lim: 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly. 

    Wong Tuck Kar: 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly. 

    Saw Yi Khy: 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley. 

    Siow Yi Ting: 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley. 

  • DIVING 

    Leong Mun Yee:

  • 3m springboard and 10m platform. 

    Noraznizal Najib: 10m platform. 

    Zibeon Uzza: 3m springboard. 

     

  • SYNCHRONISED
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    Suzanna Ghazali Bujang and Sara Kamil Yusof: Duet.

     

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