Monday, 13 June 2016

The Star : Jinq En revelling in the presence of swim idol in Barcelona


PETALING JAYA: Swimmer Phee Jinq En finished a creditable seventh in her third straight women’s 50m breaststroke A final appearance on the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe.

The 18-year-old Malaysian clocked 31.99 in the Tour’s final leg in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday. In a world class field, Jinq En finished ahead of Japan’s 200m breaststroke world champion Kanako Watanabe who posted 32.09.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the world and Olympic gold medallist, touched home in 29.98 for the gold while Britain’s Sarah Vasey took the silver in 30.79. Jennie Johansson of Sweden clocked 30.98 for the bronze.

Earlier in the heats, Jinq En posted the seventh fastest time of 32.04 to reach the final.

“I’ve come from admiring my idol (Meilutyte) so much to racing with her in the final in an event where she holds the world record. Achievement unlocked,” tweeted Jing En.

She posted a new national record of 31.66 en route to taking the gold in the 50m breaststroke in the opening leg in Monaco last week.

Jinq En was placed fourth in 31.69 in the second leg in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, on Thursday.

Team-mate Erika Kong also competed in Barcelona. She was placed 31st in the 50m breaststroke (34.32) and 27th in the 200m breaststroke (2:40.05).

Olympic-bound Welson Sim was seventh in the men’s 400m freestyle A final in 3:52.58.

Singapore SEA Games gold medallist Wong Fu Kang’s campaign ended early after he could only manage 1:04.11 for 29th spot in the 100m breaststroke heats.

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