Friday, 26 September 2014

The Star : Cai Lin dethroned as South East Asia's best

INCHEON: Khoo Cai Lin lost her status as South-East Asia’s fastest long distance female swimmer after placing seventh in the 800m freestyle event at the Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.

Cai Lin, last year’s Myanmar SEA Games champion, could only manage to clock 8:53.51. Sarisa Suwannachet of Thailand took over the mantle by clocking 8:43.00 to finish fifth.

In the men’s 100m freestyle, 17-year-old Alywn Tan clocked 51.47 to be placed 15th overall.

Kevin Yeap and Welson Sim will compete in the 1,500m freestyle today, the last day of the swimming competition.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore, meanwhile, continued to be the pride of South-East Asia as he splashed to a silver in the men’s 50m butterfly yesterday. He clocked 23.70.

It was the third medal in Incheon for the 19-year-old, who is based in the United States.

He stormed to the gold in the 100m butterfly on Wednesday. Earlier, he took the bronze in the 200m butterfly.

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