Welson and Jinq En hope to record personal bests in the pool

PETALING JAYA: It will be a very tall order for Welson Sim and Phee Jinq En (pic) to match the big guns in swimming in Tokyo based on strokes and styles.

The best that can be expected from them are probably re-writing national records with better times.

Welson and Jinq En got the nod to represent Malaysia for the second straight Olympics under universality tickets, which ensures every nation are represented by one male and one female swimmer each.

Welson will swim in men’s 200m and 400m freestyle while Jinq En is entered for the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Welson and Jinq En may find their Olympics experiences limited to swimming in the heats as their best efforts may not be good enough to get them into the semi-finals.

The top 16 swimmers from the heats advance to the semi-finals with only the top eight going to the final, which will be contested in the morning.

For instance, Alexander Krasnykh of Russia earned the last available spot for the men’s 200m semi-finals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 with 1:47.15.

Welson holds the national record of 1:47.36 in the event, which he set at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games the following year.

It will be considered a good achievement indeed if both can come back with a new personal best in their respective pet events.

Jinq En spent the last six months training in the United States to prepare for her second Olympics campaign and will be looking to secure a more memorable outing in Tokyo compared to her debut in Rio de Janeiro.

“I was only 18 during the Rio Olympics and wasn’t really sure what I was doing,” she admitted.

“I’m more mature now and better prepared this time.

“I was able to swim in US as the rules were not that strict compared to Malaysia.

“Hopefully, I can swim faster in my second Olympics,” said Jinq En, who finished 33rd in the 100m breaststroke in Rio (1:10.22).

Jinq En holds the current national record of 1:08.50 in the 100m breaststroke, which she set in winning gold at the Philippines SEA Games two years ago.

Both are now training under American coach Chris Martin and will leave for Tokyo today.

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