The Sunday Times
SINGAPORE - Young Darren Lim rose high above a field of local titans yesterday to claim the crown of Singapore's fastest man at the National Swimming Championships.
|While Darren Lim did not break Ang Peng Siong's time of 22.69sec, the former Singapore great says it is only a matter of time before the 14-year old does so. Coach Gary Tan also feels that Darren has time on his side to go even faster.|
In winning the 50m freestyle final, the 14-year-old also became the first Singaporean since Ang Peng Siong to go below the 23-second barrier - without the now-banned supersuit that was standard wear in the last decade.
Darren brought the entire crowd at the Singapore Sports School to their feet in yesterday morning's heats when he touched home as the fastest qualifier in 22.73sec.
An afternoon of anticipation followed as the swimming community wondered whether Ang's 30-year-old mark of 22.69 would finally fall.
It was not to be but Darren's 22.87 showing in the final still assured him the gold.
Russell Ong, 24, who clocked 22.97 with the aid of the supersuit in 2009, was second in 23.33.
China's Wei Wen, 22, came in third in 23.77.
SEA Games champion Arren Quek, 20, was fourth with 23.84 and missed out on qualifying for this December's edition in Myanmar.
Said a grinning Darren after the race: "It feels good but I know it's easier to get to the top as compared to staying there. I've to train a lot harder now because the rest of them will be aiming to beat me."
His Swimfast Aquatic club coach Gary Tan feels that, with time on his side, the sprint sensation can go a lot faster.
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