It’s no go for backstroker Jian Han in the swimming pool

HE produced a standout performance at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April but it was a different Tern Jian Han on show at the Jakarta Asian Games.

The 22-year-old ended his campaign on a low note when he failed to reach the top-eight final for the men's 50m backstroke at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Jian Han posted 26.88 to rank 20th overall in the heats.

It's certainly a disappointing display as it was only three months ago when Jian Han smashed Alex Lim Keng Liat's long standing national record in the 50m backstroke.

Jian Han clocked 25.60 to reach the final, erasing the national mark of 25.67 held by Keng Liat since 2002. Keng Liat set the national record when he splashed to a silver in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Jian Han rode on that achievement in Gold Coast to earn the right for a place in the Asiad under category A.

It was indeed a wasted opportunity for Jian Han to shine on the Asian Games stage as he has no more events.

In the 100m backstroke, Jian Han was ranked 14th with a time of 57.71, a second outside his personal best time.

“It's not a good time for me. I did everything I could today,” said Jian Han, who was the only Malaysian in action yesterday.

Rio Olympian swimmer Welson Sim will return today to the pool to compete in the men's 400m freestyle.

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