Brenda pops out wiser from pool

PETALING JAYA: Swimmer Brenda Anellia Larry did not win a medal but will be heading home richer from her experience.

The 16-year-old debutant, the youngest in the Malaysian contingent, finished 11th overall in the women’s 50m backstroke S4 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre yesterday.

The Sabahan, who was born without arms, completed her pet race in 59.33. China’s Yu Liu was fastest with a new world record of 45.81 ahead of Greece’s Alexandra Stamatopoulou, who clocked 48.36.

The top eight advance to the final.

For someone who only learnt to swim four years ago, getting to the Paralympics is a great achievement.

Her coach Eva Wong was proud of what her young charge had pulled off in Tokyo.

“She swam well at the start but eventually moved to the side. It was not easy for her to keep it straight because of the condition of her leg,” said Eva.

“But overall she gave her best and that’s enough for me. This is her first Paralympics experience after picking up the sport four years ago. She is on the right track.

“I believe she will be better in three years’ time at the 2024 Paris Paralympics.”

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