Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Star : Kevin clocks personal best in 1,500m freestyle race


INCHEON: When you’re up against Chinese swimming giant Sun Yang, you’re almost fighting a losing battle. But Kevin Yeap used the two-time Olympic champion as inspiration to clock a personal best time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre on Friday.

The Ipoh-born Kevin finished sixth in the evening’s faster heat (considered the final) in 15:31.67, beating his own best mark of 15:32.51 achieved at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil two years ago.

The 1.98m Sun Yang romped to victory in 14:49.75 to complete a double sweep of the middle and long distance titles. Earlier, the Chinese superstar had won the 400m freestyle on Tuesday.

Kohei Yamamoto of Japan took the silver in 14:54.86 while Wang Kecheng of China clocked 15:06.73 to grab the bronze.

South Korean Park Tae-hwan could only finish fourth in 15:12.15.

In the women’s 50m freestyle, Chui Lai Kwan was placed 12th overall after clocking 26.39 in her heat in the morning.

Vietnamese sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien ended her Asiad debut on a high.

The 17-year-old clocked 2:12.25 in the 200m backstroke to grab the bronze behind Akase Sayaka of Japan (2:10.31) and Chen Jie of China (2:10.53).

On Tuesday, Anh Vien came out third in the 400m individual medley.

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