BY LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Teenager Phee Jinq En was all smiles after coming close to making the podium for Malaysia at the FINA Swimming World Cup at the OCBC Aquatics Centre in Singapore.
The 17-year-old smashed Christina Loh’s 2011 national record of 32.11 by clocking a superb 32.01 to finish a creditable fourth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final on Sunday.
The top three medallists were finalists in the event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, the silver medallist at the World Championships in July, took the gold in 30.74.
Australia’s Sally Hunter clinched the silver in 31.50 with American Micah Lawrence clocking 31.66 for the bronze.
Erika Kong, Malaysia’s other representative, finished seventh in 33.40.
Jinq En also competed in the 200m breaststroke but finished sixth in 2:39.15. Erika was fifth in 2:37.47.
Jinq En, who won the 100m breaststroke gold at the Singapore SEA Games in June, was surprised that she managed to break Christina’s record.
“I took my SAT exams (required for college admission in the United States) on Saturday morning and immediately flew to Singapore for the meet. I didn’t expect to break the mark but I’m thrilled to get my first national record in my first World Cup outing,” said Selangor-born Jinq En.