BY STARSPORTS TEAM
INCHEON: Khoo Cai Lin put up a creditable performance as the swimming competition got under way at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.
The 25-year-old swam her season’s best time of 4:18.07 in her 400m freestyle heat in the morning to squeeze into the final as the eighth fastest qualifier.
Cai Lin, who won the 800m freestyle title at the SEA Games in Myanmar last year, was just ahead of Lynette Lim of Singapore (4:19.68).
And in the night’s final, Cai Lin clocked 4:18.13 to finish sixth.
Cai Lin thus repeated her achievement in her Asian Games debut in Guangzhou four years ago where she made the final and finished fifth in 4:18.71.
Welson Sim, the other Malaysian representative on Sunday, enjoyed the company of Japanese Kosuke Hagino, the 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist, in the 200m freestyle heat.
But Welson didn’t make any headway. He clocked 1:52.47 to be placed 12th overall.
Hagino won the heat in 1:48.99 and went on to claim the gold in 1:45.23. Favourites Sun Yang of China was second in 1:45.28 while South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan grabbed the bronze in 1:45.85.
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