Friday, 30 May 2014

The NST : Christina lights up lanes


CLASSY: Sets new meet record en route to 100m breaststroke title

FEDERAL Territories Christina Loh was the only notable performer on a day of high drama at the Perlis Malaysia Games swimming competition yesterday.

Christina, competing in her fourth Malaysia Games, successfully defended her title in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke after clocking one minute 12.23 seconds at the Perlis Sports Complex Aquatics Centre.

Her time bettered the previous Games record of 1:12.41s that she herself had set en route to winning in Pahang two years ago.

Selangor’s Phee Jinq En finished second on 1:13.03s while Penang’s Gan Xin Jie (1:15.36s) clinched the bronze.

Christina said she was satisfied with her performance considering the circumstances leading up to the first day of competition.

“There was just so much drama here from not knowing where we were to swim to not having a place to practice properly and today (yesterday) with the roof coming down,” said the 19-year-old multiple Sea Games gold medallist.

“The water was a bit warm since this is an outdoor event and it is not really my favourite. It is also quite murky and I could not see more than five metres.

“It was not really my goal to set a really fast time here as we (national team swimmers) did not taper for this event.

“I would have liked to have gone faster but getting the Games record is not bad considering the conditions.”

She later teamed up with Tan Rou Ying, Ong Ming Fen and Mak Ai Sin to help FT take silver in the women’s 4x100m medley in a time of 4:29.81s.

Selangor’s Caroline Chan, Yap Siew Hui, Phee En Jinq and Kok Cher Ling won in 4:23.24s while Sabah (Chris Tan, Baveliana Wong, Freda Pan, Heng Kor Jin) clinched bronze on 4:35.67s.

Christina, who is limited to two individual events as she is a Sea Games medallist, will swim in the 50m breaststroke today.

Christina Loh defended her title in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke yesterday

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