KUALA LUMPUR: After 14 years of national service, Khoo Cai Lin has called time on her illustrious swimming career.
The 28-year-old, who competed in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, said “it’s time to move on to a new chapter in life”.
Cai Lin, an account executive at advertising agency Dentsu, went for a spine operation to correct her scoliosis in May. As a result, she had to miss last month’s Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
But she found time to work as media manager for the aquatics competition at the Games. And she will again serve as the media manager for aquatics at the Asean Para Games in Bukit Jalil next week.
“It has been a great honour representing Malaysia. Swimming has and will always be a part of me but it’s time to move on.
“I spent 14 years with the national team, living in hostels half of my life,” she quipped.
“My career has been filled with ups and downs. More downs than I would like but it was those down moments that made my ups so much sweeter.
“It has been a dream come true to represent my country at every level of competitions in the world.
“I got to race in different parts of the world, meet new competitors and friends as well as winning medals and breaking records along the way.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, including my family, for their help and support over the years,” said Cai Lin, a winner of 15 international medals – including five golds from seven SEA Games.
Cai Lin is still the national record holder in four events – 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle as well as the 200m butterfly.