Monday, 12 May 2014

The Star Online : Siew Hui flutters to a golden double


PETALING JAYA: Rising swimming star Yap Siew Hui has set her sights on reaching two finals at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August after enjoying a morale-boosting outing at the Malaysian Open.

16-year-old butterfly specialist Yap Siew Hui won the women's 100m butterfly race at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil on Sunday. - Filepic

The 16-year-old butterfly specialist, who won her first gold in the 50m on Saturday, completed a double by securing the 100m title at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

She swam to her personal best of 1:01.78 to finish ahead of Tan Jing-E of Singapore (1:02.23) and Indonesia’s Arieswaty Monalisa (1:03.08).

“I couldn’t be more pleased with my performance despite failing to qualify for the Asian and Commonwealth Games on merit. It was my target before the start of the Malaysian Open,” said Siew Hui, who represented Selangor.

“I recorded very good times in both my events. The 27.92 I posted in the 50m on Saturday was my season’s best.

“Today, I also swam pretty fast to earn my personal best in the 100m. My previous best was 1:01.91.

“I believe things will only get better for me and I want to impress in my YOG debut. If I can swim to my personal bests there, I believe getting into the finals of both the 50m and 100m is highly possible,” she added.

Siew Hui will be going to Nanjing with full of confidence. She won a silver in the 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 100m butterfly at last year’s Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China. She was also a double gold medallist at last year’s Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Indonesia lifted the overall title of the four-day meet after topping the medal tally with 16 golds, nine silvers and eight bronzes.

Selangor finished second with a 6-8-5 haul while Kuala Lumpur were placed third with a 5-6-2 total.

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