Monday, 13 June 2016

The Star : Swimmer Kevin’s Olympic dream is dashed


PETALING JAYA: Kevin Yeap will not be joining Heidi Gan in the 10km open water swimming event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

The 27-year-old Kevin could only clock 2’02:09.10 to settle for 48th place in the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament at Setubal Bay, Portugal, on Sunday.

Zu Lijun of China won the 61-man competition in 1’52:18.20 with Germany’s Christian Reichert (1’52:20.40) second and Ecuador’s Ivan Enderica Ochoa (1’52:22.60) third.

A total of 15 spots were up for grabs with the top 10 gaining direct entry and five more available for the top continental finishers.

Kevin found it hard to match the other established swimmers as it was only his first competitive open water tournament since winning the bronze at the 2011 Indonesian SEA Games.

But credit to Kevin, a former SEA Games gold medallist and national 400m freestyle record holder, as he was one of the 53 competitors to cross the finish line.

On Saturday, Heidi secured her second straight Olympic appearance by finishing 18th to grab the continental berth allotted for Asia.


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