Friday, 6 May 2016

The Star : Jinq En good for 50m breaststroke SEA Games gold, if contested


SHAH ALAM: It will be a big loss to Malaysia if the women's 50m breaststroke event is not contested at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games next year.

Swimmer Phee Jinq En picked up her second gold for Selangor in style with a new meet record of 32.06 at the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships at the Shah Alam Aquatic Centre on Friday.

It erased her own previous mark of 32.38 set last year.

Erika Kong of Sarawak settled for silver in 32.91 while Indonesia's Vanessa Evato took bronze in 33.86.

The 50m breaststroke is not an Olympic event, but Malaysia have dominated it in previous SEA Games through the likes of Christina Loh and Siow Yi Ting.

The 50m breaststroke races for men and women were surprisingly excluded from the KL SEA Games programme.

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) have since appealed for the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke races to be reinstated.

Jinq En took silver in her SEA Games debut behind Singapore's Roanne Ho last year but has since improved by leaps and bounds.

The 18-year-old holds the national record of 31.80 for the 50m breaststroke and has a good chance to nick gold in the next SEA Games.

“I was expecting to dip below 32 seconds ... so, it's kind of disappointing that I didn't. Anyway, I’m happy I broke the meet record,” said Jinq En, who will compete in the 200m breaststroke.

“I’m not expecting anything ... just coming away with a personal best would be great.”

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