IT’S time to rock the pool with swimmer Keith Lim aiming for a smashing time in his final Sukma appearance at Tuanku Zara Aquatic Centre in Ipoh next week.
The 20-year-old will be swimming for Federal Territories and is aiming to sprint away to a new national record in the 50m freestyle or the longer 100m freestyle race.
Keith clocked 23.10s in the 50m freestyle at the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco in June to erase the previous national record of 23.17s set by Alwyn Tan back in 2015.
His personal best is already well inside the Sukma Games record of 23.45s held by Foo Jian Beng of Selangor since 2008.
Keith also holds the Sukma Games record for the 100m freestyle when he won the race in 50.77s in Kuching, Sarawak two years ago.
The national record for the 100m freestyle is 50.16s held by Daniel Bego since 2009.
“I have gone faster than both Games records for the 50m and 100m freestyle, so I will try to repeat it in Ipoh.
“Hopefully, I can dip under the 23 seconds mark.
“It’s my third and also last Sukma outing, so I just hope to swim as fast as I can to defend the two sprint titles,” said Keith, who is based at Bukit Jalil.
He is a first year student at UCSI University in finance and investment but studies will not take a backseat for the moment.
“There is the Asean University Games in Myanmar in December, so I will continue to train in Bukit Jalil after Sukma,” added Keith, who will also swim the 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays for FT.
A total of 38 gold medals are up for grabs in the swimming competition, which takes place from Sept 17-21.