Jinq En digging in for a long haul in the US in bid to earn ticket to Tokyo

Joy: Phee Jinq En celebrates after winning the 100m breaststroke gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.

PETALING JAYA: Training without any inkling of where the next competition will be can be daunting but swimmer Phee Jinq En is keeping her spirits up.

Jinq En has her sights on earning a second Olympics appearance and has been training under American John Klinge for the last two months.

The American coach is the women’s team coach at Jinq En’s alma mater Purdue University in Indiana, the United States.

Jinq En is hopeful the US swimming calendar can resume soon once the Covid-19 situation becomes manageable in the country.

The Olympic qualifying timeline for swimmers has been extended to end of June.

Jinq En is in the US on a student visa, which allows her to stay there for six months.

Jinq En’s best chance of making the Tokyo Olympics cut lies in the 100m breaststroke event.

The A cut for the 100m breaststroke is 1:07.07 which guarantees a spot in the Olympics while the B time is 1:09.08. Those under the B time will qualify if they make it to the Olympics rankings list.

Jinq En said she missed competitive action having sat out 2020 entirely, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The last time I raced a long course was at the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines. That was about 15 months ago, ” said Jinq En who splashed to a double in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events in Manila.

“These days I keep asking myself – what exactly am I training for.

“But then I remind myself that one day, when the time is right, I will be thanking myself for hanging in there during this painfully long and boring process.”

Her two SEA Games gold medals were the only ones won by a Malaysian swimmer in the Manila pool and barring any travel complications, she is expected to return for another SEA Games campaign in Vietnam at the end of this year.

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