Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The NST : SWIMMING: Christina targets more glory

By Fadhli Ishak

HER pet event has been left out of the competition, but that has not stopped national swimmer Christina Loh from eyeing more Sea Games glory in Myanmar.

The short-distance breaststroke specialist, who bagged three gold medals at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia in October, said she is hoping to end the year on a positive note after a slow start to the season.

"The first half of the season did not go that well for me. I can't really put a finger on it, maybe I was just a bit burnt out," said the 18-year-old.

"I had not bettered any of my personal bests' for some time but things have been picking up and I was able to improve several at the Islamic Games.

"I hope to continue that trend in the Sea Games and hopefully, it will put me in a medal position."

In the absence of her favourite 50m event, Christina will only be competing in the 100m and 200m breaststroke with relay events to be decided later.

Christina's performances in the two events have been encouraging of late with her setting new personal bests' of 1:10.43s and 2:33.03s at the Islamic Games.

"Of course it is a bit disappointing (50m exclusion) but I have no choice but to adapt to the situation.
"I really like the sprints and believe I have a better chance of a medal in the 100m compared to the 200m this time.

"The girls from Singapore and Thailand will be tough to beat but I will give it everything I have."
Christina had powered to the 50m gold in a meet record of 32.49 seconds at the 2011 Games and is also the national record holder over the distance (32.31s). She also took silver in the 100m two years ago.

Christina has taken a year off from her studies to focus on swimming this season but hopes to start studying interior design next year either locally or abroad.

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