|Lim Ching Hwang could only finish 46th in the men's 200m freestyle. - GLENN GUAN / The Star|
YOUNGSTER Lim Ching Hwang travelled nearly 11,000km to the World Championships, but it was all in vain as he failed to make a good impression in his debut at the Palau Sant Jordi pool yesterday.
The 16-year-old, who is studying in Singapore, clocked 1:52.49 in the heats to finish 46th overall in the men’s 200m freestyle – his only event in the championship.
Ching Hwang’s personal best is 1:50.42, clocked at the Singapore National Age-Group Championships in March this year to qualify for the world meet.
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who is studying at the renowned Bolles School in the United States, was also placed in the same heat as Ching Hwang.
It was a big boost for Joseph as he beat Ching Hwang with his time of 1:50.15 for 34th spot. Both are expected to battle it out for the gold at the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
Ching Hwang was disappointed with his performance, blaming the poor time on his academic schedule.
“I was hoping to do better than this but it just did not happen. I’ve not been training as much as I should due to my studies. I guess it’s back to more training and more races after this as I will be competing in the Asian Youth Games (in Nanjing, China, from Aug 16-24),” said Ching Hwang.
Siow Yi Ting was the other Malaysian in action yesterday. She clocked 1:10.82 to be ranked 37th overall in the 100m breaststroke.