FIN swimmer Khiew Tze Yean posted a personal best time but it was still not good enough to put him on the podium in the men’s 100m bifin event at My Dinh Aquatic Centre.
The 22-year-old clocked 45.76 for sixth placing in the men’s 100m bifin final yesterday.
He was the fifth fastest qualifier for the final with 45.96 in the heats.
Tze Yean still has another chance to snatch a medal in Hanoi as he will swim in the 4x100m mixed relay bifin today.
He is the elder brother of national swimmer Khiew Hoe Yean, who splashed to gold for Malaysia in the men’s 200m freestyle earlier this week.
Harvey Hubert Marcello of Indonesia won the race in a new Games record of 43.510.
Nguyen Ngoc Huynh took the silver for hosts Vietnam (43.760) ahead of Indonesia Andityo Panigoro (43.980).
It is the first time Malaysia have sent a team to compete in the sport, which is making its return to the SEA Games programme since the 2011 edition in Indonesia.
A creditable performance in Hanoi will also help the Malaysia Fin Swimming Association to push for the sport to be considered for the 2027 SEA Games to take place in Malaysia.