Monday, 13 June 2016

The Star : Hope brightens for Welson to enter three events in Rio afterall


PETALING JAYA: Welson Sim brightened his hopes of swimming in a third Olympic event after improving on his B time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle.

The 19-year-old clocked a personal best 15:32.67 to finish seventh in the final leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. The B Olympic qualifying time for 1,500m is 15:46.79 and Welson posted 15:35.63 at the Malaysian Open last month.

Britain’s Stephen Milne clocked 15:12.33 to take the gold. Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished second in 15:15.20 while Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth clocked 15:16.09 for third place.

In the first leg in Monaco a week ago, Welson won the silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

He was forced to pull out of the second leg in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, last Wednesday because of flu.

Swimmers who made the B cut will know from FINA, swimming’s world governing body, by the middle of next month if they qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Welson is already assured of competing in Rio as he made the A cut for the 200m and 400m freestyle at the Singapore National Age-Group Championships in March.

Also on Sunday, Singapore SEA Games gold medallist Phee Jinq En gave another consistent performance to win the women’s 100m breaststroke B final in 1:09.41.

The 18-year-old Jinq En, who posted a new national record of 31.66 to win the 50m breaststroke gold in Monaco, made the B final after she finished 11th overall in 1:10.18. Team-mate Erika Kong was placed 30th after clocking 1:14.06 in the heats.

Wong Fu Kang posted 29.63 for 21st spot in the men’s 50m breaststroke while Khoo Cai Lin was 14th overall in the women’s 400m freestyle after clocking 4:21.57.


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