BY RAJES PAUL
GLASGOW: Malaysians Erika Kong Chia Chia and Tern Jian Han must be cursing their luck.
They came within a whisker of making the semi-finals on the opening day of the swimming competition at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Thursday.
In the women’s 50m breaststroke, Erika clocked 33.51 to finish 17th - just missing the cut by one spot. Her compatriot Christina Loh Yen Ling finished 18th in 33.64.
In the men’s 100m backstroke, Jian Han also came close to making the semi-finals before settling for 17th spot with his time of 58.50.
Only the top 16 swimmers make the semi-finals.
It was a damp day for Malaysian swimmers as the others – Kevin Yeap Soon Choy, Vernon Lee Jeau Zhi, Welsom Sim Wee Sheng, Yap Siew Hui and Nadia Adrianna Redza Goh – all came up short in their respective events.
Team manager Mae Chan summed up the team’s first day action as “not good and unlucky”.
“We could have had two swimmers in the semi-finals. It’s a pity that Erika and Jian Han missed out,” she said.
“It’s tough out there with Australia, Canada and England boasting strong swimmers. The disappointment today will only spur our swimmers to bounce back stronger in the other events.”