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Aug 22 17

SEA Games: Singapore’s Roanne Ho defends swimming gold

by ZwemZa
Singapore's Roanne Ho celebrates winning gold in the SEA Games 50m breaststroke final on Tuesday (Aug 22). (Photo: Noor Farhan)

Singapore’s Roanne Ho celebrates winning gold in the SEA Games 50m breaststroke final on Tuesday (Photo: Noor Farhan)

Singapore swimmer Roanne Ho successfully defended her SEA Games title on Tuesday (Aug 22), winning gold in the 50m breaststroke event at Bukit Jalil swimming complex.

The 24-year-old, who just last year suffered a collapsed lung and had to undergo shoulder surgery to treat a tear, clocked a time of 31.29s.

Jinq En Phee from Malaysia won silver, while Singapore’s Samantha Yeo came in third and took home the bronze. Yeo also set a new personal best timing.

“It’s definitely something that I really wanted to happen, but I wasn’t sure if it would because I was facing a lot of problems even post-surgery,” Ho told reporters after the event.

She added: “I kept getting roadblocks during my training. At some points, I didn’t think it would be possible at all. So to be here is almost like a miracle.”



Aug 22 17

Swimming junior elite set to race in Indianapolis

by ZwemZa
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUNE 26:  A general view during preliminaries on day 2 of the 2013 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships and World Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium on June 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JUNE 26: A general view during preliminaries on day 2 of the 2013 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships and World Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium on June 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The capital city of Indiana State in the North of the U.S. will be hosting the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships that kicks-off tomorrow August 23 until August 28.

Around 630 young promising swimmers aged between 15-18 (women) 14-17 (men) will be taking part in this six-day top-notch competition, which has seen many of today’s big swimming stars make their debut in the sport.

93 National Federations will be represented in the iconic Indiana University Natatorium Swimming Pool on the campus of IUPUI, a venue with a long standing tradition in swimming.

Young talents to watch carefully at this edition of the Junior’s, among others, are:

Canada: Rebecca Smith / Taylor Ruck / Penny Oleksiak
China: Zhang Ruixuan
Hungary: Kristof Milak
Spain: Hugo Gonzalez
Japan: Rikako Ikee
USA: Emily Weiss/ Michael Andrew / Drew Kibler/ Regan Smith / Kelly Pash

Among the legends present in the stands and available to meet the fans will be: Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel, Madisyn Cox, Cullen Jones, and Jordan Wilimovsky.

Daily preliminaries will be at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time and semifinals and finals at 6 p.m. will be live streamed on FINA Youtube Channel (heats only, free of charge) and on FINAtv (heats + finals for subscribers).

Detailed schedule can be found here

The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), in Monterrey (MEX) in 2008, in Lima (PER) in 2011, in Dubai (UAE) in 2013 and the last edition, two years ago, in 2015 was held in Singapore (SGP).

Budapest (HUN) will play host to this event in 2019.

Medals table, schedule and results will be available on FINA website homepage as of tomorrow (August 23).

FINA Communication Department

Aug 22 17

Italy rules the women’s race in Lake Ohrid

by ZwemZa
Barbara Pozzbon (Treviso Today)

Barbara Pozzbon (Treviso Today)

The three medallists from the women’s FINA Open Water Grand Prix race which took place in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, on Saturday afternoon represented Italy.

Italy dominated the feminine competition as Barbara Pozzbon took gold in 5h15m51s, while Alice Franco touched home second in 5h16m24s. Martina Grinaldi closed the podium in a time of 5h22m20s, giving Italy its third medal of the event.

Alexandre Studzinski (

Alexandre Studzinski (

In the men’s actions, Alexandre Studzinski of Germany was the fastest and claimed gold in 5h15m14s. Local swimmer Evgenij Pop Acev ranked second in 5h15m15s and Guillermo Bertola (ARG) pocketed the bronze medal in 5:15:16.

Medallists in Lake Ohrid (MKD):

1. Alexandre Studzinski (GER) 5:15:14, 2. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 5:15:15, 3. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 5:15:16

1. Barbara Pozzbon (ITA) 5:15:51, 2. Alice Franco (ITA) 5:16:24, 3. Martina Grinaldi (ITA) 5:22:20

After stopping in Santa Fe Coronda (ARG), Lac St Jean (CAN) and Lake Ohrid (MKD), the last race of the FINA Open Water Grand Prix 2017 circuit will be held in Capri-Napoli (ITA) on September 3.

OW Grand Prix 2017 Calendar
1. Santa Fe Coronda (ARG) – February 5
2. Lac St Jean (CAN) – July 29
3. Ohrid Lake (MKD) – August 19
4. Capri-Napoli (ITA) – September 3

FINA Communication Department

Aug 22 17

Taipei 2017: Huge upset in men’s 1m springboard South Korean clinches gold as Russian Olympian relegated to bronze

by ZwemZa
Briadam Herrera (Taipei 2017)

Briadam Herrera (Taipei 2017)

Russian diver Evgenii Kuznetsov, who won silver in the 2012 London Olympics’ 3m synchronized springboard, was favorite yesterday at the Taipei Universiade’s 1m springboard event. But, while the 27-year-old made it onto the podium, it was with only a bronze medal around his neck.

The Republic of Korea’s Kim Yeong-nam, 21, was the expectation-defying star. Competing as the fifth diver in the finals, he pulled off an inward 2 1/2 somersault pike on his first dive, scoring a strong 81.60 points. Following errors in his second dive, Kim recovered to secure the highest scores among all competitors in the fourth and fifth dives. His sixth dive sealed the deal, and Kim clenched his fist in victory.

Kim’s total score of 453.00 and the resulting gold medal in the event marked a dramatic ascent for the diver. In the semifinals, Kim slipped during his third dive and ended up sitting right there on the springboard. After rubbing his knee, which he had bumped when he slipped, Kim resumed his position and put in a performance that earned him a spot in the finals. His ultimate victory is also notable as it is South Korea’s first diving gold of this year’s Universiade.

Kim won silver in the 10m synchronized platform event at the previous Universiade in Gwangju. Then, in 2014 during the Asian Games in Incheon, Kim won a bronze in the 3m synchronized springboard and a silver in the 10m synchronized platform. Now, in Taiwan, he has finally clinched gold. After yesterday’s event, Kim embraced his coach as well as third-placed Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov had taken the spotlight with his preliminary round performance, scoring a total of 400.96 points in his six dives to become the only diver among the 31 competing to break the 400 mark. In his group, he and previous Universiade bronze medalist Briadam Herrera, from the U.S., moved on to the finals. But Kuznetsov, diving last out of the eight finalists, looked out of contention for the gold from the start, scoring only 71.30 in his first dive. Herrera took silver in the end, with 449.25 points, while Kuznetsov took bronze with 434.20.

Yesterday, the second day of diving events, also saw the finals of the women’s synchronized 10m platform. North Korea, having won two silver medals on the first day, enjoyed its first diving gold courtesy of Kim Kuk Hyang and Kim Un Hyang’s total score of 303.54 points. Australian duo Emily Meaney and Brittany O’Brien bagged silver with 297.84 points, while bronze went to the Russia’s Yulia Tikhomirova and Iuliia Timoshinina, who scored 263.07 points.

Taipei 2017

Aug 22 17

Schooling draws cheers as he smashes Games mark

by ZwemZa
Joseph Schooling admitted that he was nervous before the 50m fly final, but was happy to have broken his Games record set in Singapore two years ago.PHOTO:REUTERS

Joseph Schooling admitted that he was nervous before the 50m fly final, but was happy to have broken his Games record set in Singapore two years ago.  (REUTERS)

It was a workday night, but no one could have told from the crowd at the National Aquatic Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The spectators in the packed stands roared as the big screens showed the men’s 50m butterfly finalists waiting to make their entrance to the pool deck.

Among them was Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who recently provoked the ire of Malaysians when he was misquoted as saying he would teach the SEA Games hosts “a thing or two” during the competition.

The 2016 Olympic 100m fly champion has since cleared the air upon his arrival at the Malaysian capital, and it was cheers, not jeers, that greeted him and the finalists last night.

The 22-year-old didn’t disappoint, shattering his own Games record of 23.49sec (set in 2015) with a time of 23.06, although it fell short of the national mark of 22.93 which he set at the Fina World Championships last month.

Indonesia’s Triady Fauzi Sidiq (24.01) and Vietnam’s Paul Le Nguyen (24.37) were second and third respectively. Schooling’s teammate Dylan Koo was sixth with a time of 24.61.

Asked about the crowd’s reception, Schooling said after his race: “I was expecting it to be positive; we are here to have a good meet and put on a good show and the crowd wants to see that.

“It’s a Monday night, it’s a working night and, for them to pack the stands and come out here and support all of us, that’s amazing.

“So I am very pleased with the reception and I think it will get better as the days go on.”

The University of Texas undergraduate was also pleased with how he had performed in his first race at the Games – he emerged from underwater about a body length ahead of the rest.

Schooling said: “My first swim was kind of nervy, I am glad to get that first swim under my belt, and happy with the result.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start and, hopefully, I can get better throughout the meet.”

Schooling’s teammate Quah Zheng Wen had a first night to forget though.

The 20-year-old relinquished his men’s 50m backstroke title after clocking 25.39sec to finish second last night.

Indonesia’s I Gede Siman Sudartawa, who won this event in 2011, clinched the gold with a new Games record of 25.20, while Vietnam’s Le Nguyen was third with 25.82.

The 50m back event was not offered at the 2013 Games in Myanmar.

Quah said: “I was 0.2sec off my personal best so I am kind of disappointed with the result.

“It wasn’t what I wanted, but there are no guarantees in a 50m race.

“He (Siman) just happened to have a better swim tonight and I just have to put it behind me and look forward to the rest of my events.”

Quah added that it will not be difficult to shake off the loss and refocus on his pet event – the 200m butterfly – today.

He said: “In terms of racing, it (the 50m back) is just a touch-and-go kind of thing, there’s not much time to think about anything.

“The 200 fly tomorrow is a different race.

“It should be pretty easy to get off this (race) and get into (the groove for) the 200 fly.”

Lim Say Heng

Aug 21 17

Five reasons why we should celebrate Cameron van der Burgh

by ZwemZa
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh poses with bronze medal during the podium ceremony for the men's 50m breaststroke final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 26, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / François-Xavier MARIT

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh poses with bronze medal during the podium ceremony for the men’s 50m breaststroke final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / François-Xavier MARIT

The swimming stalwart might not always attract the star power of some of his compatriots but he’s undoubtedly a South African legend.

Though he would be up against some strong opposition for the No 1 spot, Cameron van der Burgh is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most successful swimmers.

At the age of 29, here are five reasons why he has already established his place among the country’s all-time sporting elite.

World Championships dominance

A 10-time medallist at the World Aquatics Championships, the powerhouse from Pretoria won the global 50m breaststroke title in 2009 and 2013.

Aside from his unprecedented sixth career medal in the sprint discipline at the biennial showpiece in Budapest on Wednesday night, he has also bagged four medals in the 100m contest.

No other South African swimmer has been as successful at the long-course spectacle


Van der Burgh has been competing at the highest level for more than 10 years.

Since 2007 he has racked up six medals at both the Commonwealth Games and the World Short-Course Championships, six gold medals at the African Games and three overall crowns at the short-course World Cup series

Record performances

In 2009 he set a world record for the first time when he clocked 27.06 in the 50m breaststroke at the national championships, and in 2012 he set a global best of 58.46 over the 100m distance.

Though British swimmer Adam Peaty has gone on to lower both marks, Van der Burgh’s African record over two lengths still stands and he has reduced the continental mark in the shorter event by another 0.52.

He also still holds the world short course 50m (25.25) and 100m (55.61) breaststroke records which he set in Berlin nearly eight years ago

Olympic glory

Along with Chad le Clos (one gold and three silver in 2012 and 2016), Penny Heyns (two gold and one bronze in 1996 and 2000) and Roland Schoeman (gold, silver and bronze in 2004), Van der Burgh is one of South Africa’s most decorated Olympians in the pool.

Despite being confined to a specialist stroke, he holds one gold and one silver from the 2012 and 2016 Games

Standing tall

In a relatively dark era for South African swimming, with little depth, Van der Burgh and Le Clos have managed to keep the sport in the limelight by carrying the code in recent years.

Without much support to back them in major campaigns, they have both managed to keep the flag flying at global level and motivate potential young prospects to take up the sport.

Wesley Botton

Aug 21 17

Taipei 2017: Wilson and Shymanovich share gold after sensational swimming finish, Schoenmaker shines

by ZwemZa
Andrew Wilson, left, and Ilya Shymanovich, right, shared the men's 100 metres breaststroke title ©Taipei 2017

Andrew Wilson, left, and Ilya Shymanovich, right, shared the men’s 100 metres breaststroke title ©Taipei 2017

Andrew Wilson of the United States and Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich produced a stunning finish that saw them share the men’s 100 metres breaststroke title at Taipei 2017.

Full Results

Racing down the home straight, the duo both touched the wall in 1 min 00.15sec, handing each of them a gold medal.

Bronze was won by Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan in 1:00.17.

Earlier in the day, American Justin Ress was quickest in the men’s 100m backstroke final.

Ress’ time of 53.29 saw the American finish just under a second clear in gold medal position.

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino took silver in 54.12 while Danas Rapsys of Lithuania claimed bronze in 54.17.

There was a Universiade record in the opening swimming final of the night.

Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov set a new best of 22.90 to win the men’s 50m butterfly title.

Russia’s Andrey Zhilkin took second in 23.40 while Henrique de Souza Martins of Brazil rounded out the podium in 23.54.

Germany took their first gold medal of the Universiade as Aliena Schmidtke touched the wall first in the women’s 50m butterfly in a time of 26.16.

Elena Di Liddo of Italy finished second in 26.50 while Japan’s Yukina Hirayama sealed bronze with her time of 26.51.

Victory for Australia’s Sian Whittaker in the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:09.50 brought swimming action to a close for the evening.

Canadian Alexia Zevnik finished in second in 2:09.92, finishing in front of Bridgette Alexander of the US who claimed bronze in 2:10.30.

In diving competition today, Kim Kuk Hyang and Kim Un Hyang of North Korea won the women’s 10m synchronised platform gold.

The duo finished on a score of 303.54 points to finish well clear of their nearest rivals.

Brittany O’Brien and Emily Meaney of Australia took silver on 297.84 while bronze went to Yulia Tikhomirova and Iuliia Timoshinina of Russia on 263.07.

South Korea’s Kim Yeongnam then won the men’s 1m springboard gold medal.

A final jump of 72.00 saw him finish on a total of 453.00, which was good enough to seal first place.

Briadam Herrera of the US won silver on 449.25 while completing the podium was Russia’s Evgenii Kuznetsov on 434.20.

Tatjana Schoenmaker Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Tatjana Schoenmaker Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


  • Meet Record: Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:05.48, 2013

Top 8:

  1. Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 1:07.71
  2. Tatjana Schoenmaker, RSA, 1:07.77
  3. Andee Cottrell, USA, 1:08.16
  4. Reona Aoki, JPN, 1:08.19
  5. Leiston Pickett, AUS, 1:08.26
  6. Miranda Tucker, USA, 1:08.34
  7. Mariia Temnikova, RUS, 1:08.64
  8. Hyejin Kim, KOR, 1:08.88

Olympic 200 breast champ Kanako Watanabe (1:07.71) of Japan battle with South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker (1:07.77) in heat 1, holding off Schoenmaker on the back half as the put up a pair of 1:07s. There were no other women below 1:08 through semis, but the USA’a Andee Cottrell (1:08.16) and Japan’s Reona Aoki (1:08.19) were close with a pair of 1:08-lows.

Myles Brown after the men's 400m freestyle on the first day of the 2015 South African National Aquatics Championships (Gallo)

Myles Brown after the men’s 400m freestyle on the first day of the 2015 South African National Aquatics Championships (Gallo)


  • Meet Record: Danila Izotov (RUS), 1:44.87, 2013

Top 8:

  1. Mikhail Vekovishchev, RUS, 1:47.32
  2. Danas Rapsys, LTU, 1:47.46
  3. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 1:47.49
  4. Kacper Majchrzak, POL, 1:47.91
  5. Filippo Megli, ITA, 1:48.07
  6. Mitch D’Arrigo, USA, 1:48.10
  7. Myles Brown, RSA, 1:48.25
  8. Jonathan Atsu, FRA, 1:48.26

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino returned for his 3rd race of the night to win semifinal 1, but Russia’s Mikhail Vekovishchev was the fastest man of the night with his 1:47.32 in heat 2. Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys took on a double tonight, swimming this after winning a medal in the 100 back alongside Hagino. He was slightly faster than Hagino this time, picking up 2nd seed with his 1:47.46.

The Americans will have Mitch D’Arrigo (1:48.10) in the final, but Maxime Rooney will be absent tomorrow night after taking 10th in the semis with a 1:48.66.


In heats action American Andrea Cottrell and South African Tatjana Schoenmaker rocketed to the top two times of the morning in the women’s 100 breast out of heat 5, with Cottrell leading the way in 1:08.18. Schoenmaker was right there in 1:08.26, and 2015 200m world champion Kanako Watanabe returned to action with a 3rd place finish in the heat, qualifying 4th overall in 1:08.51.

Cottrell’s teammate Miranda Tucker won heat 6 to qualify 3rd in 1:08.30, followed by Russia’s Maria Temnikova and Japan’s Reona Aoki. Australian Leiston Pickett won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:08.94, advancing in 7th place.

Max Wintersand SwimSwam


Aug 21 17

SEA Games: Quah Jing Wen, Joseph Schooling power Singapore to three golds on first day of swimming competition

by ZwemZa
Singapore's Joseph Schooling leaping from the starting blocks during the men's 50m butterfly final at the SEA Games on Aug 21, 2017. (MARK CHEONG)

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling leaping from the starting blocks during the men’s 50m butterfly final at the SEA Games on Aug 21, 2017. (MARK CHEONG)

Singapore’s swimmers won three out of the six gold medals on offer on the first day of the competition to get their SEA Games campaign in Kuala Lumpur off to a strong start on Monday.

Quah Jing Wen accounted for two of the three-gold haul at the National Aquatic Centre.

The 16-year-old won Singapore’s first swimming gold at the Games in a new national women’s 200m butterfly record.

She won the race in 2min 12.03sec to erase the old mark of 2:12.63 set by Tao Li at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Vietnam’s Le Thi My Thao (2:14.52) finished second and Thailand’s Kittiya Patarawadee (2:15.05) was third.

Jing Wen later teamed up with her 25-year-old sister Ting Wen, Amanda Lim, 24, and Natasha Ong, 16, to win the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Thailand were second in 3:46.46 and Indonesia were third in 3:50.56.

Jing Wen was The Straits Times’ Star of the Month for July. She was honoured for being Singapore’s top performer at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, winning five golds and a silver.

As expected, Olympic 100m butterfly champion Joseph Schooling won his first race.

The 22-year-old clocked 23.06sec in the 50m butterfly final to erase his previous SEA Games mark of 23.49sec set in 2015.

He finished almost a body length ahead of Indonesia’s Triady Fauzi Sidiq (24.01) and Vietnam’s Le Nguyen Paul (24.37).

Singapore’s Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student Dylan Koo, 18, was sixth in 24.61sec.

In the 50m backstroke final, the first race of the meet, Quah Zheng Wen relinquished his SEA Games record of 25.27sec which he had set in 2015.

The 20-year-old Olympian clocked 25.39sec to finish behind Indonesia’s I Gede Siman Sudartawa (25.20) while Vietnam’s Le Nguyen Paul claimed bronze in 25.82.

Singapore’s Francis Fong finished fifth in 26.10.

In the men’s 400m free, the Republic’s Pang Sheng Jun missed out on a medal but the 25-year-old set a new national record when he clocked 3:54.64.

He erased Danny Yeo’s old mark of 3:55.14 set in 2014.

Pang finished fourth, which was won by Malaysian SEA Games record holder Welson Sim in 3:50.26. Indonesia’s Aflah Fadlan Prawira was second in 3:54.15 and Vietnam’s Nguyen Huu Kim Son was third in 3:54.20.

Aug 21 17

Swimming star drops race in touching Barcelona tribute

by ZwemZa

Fernando AlvarezIt’s not often you see an athlete voluntarily thwart their chance at snagging a podium spot in a championship event.

But professional swimmer Fernando Alvarez had much more than winning on his mind as he walked to the starting block at the FINA Masters World Championships in Budapest on Sunday. revealed the Spaniard requested officials to conduct a minute’s silence before the race to honour the victims of last week’s terrorist attack in Barcelona. The multi-event star strangely had his request denied after reportedly being told the event “couldn’t spare a minute”.

But Alvarez had other ideas, opting to conduct the tribute on his own and forfeit a potential win. As his opponents dived into the water to begin the 200m breaststroke event, Alvarez stayed put, floating on the lane divider for 60 seconds before competing.

His time wasn’t recorded by officials, but Alvarez said he wasn’t bothered in the slightest.

“I started a minute late,” he told Spanish media. “But that doesn’t matter. What I was feeling was more than if I had won all of the gold medals in the world.”


Rafael Nadal, who won his 10th French Open title in June, was assured of moving into the top ranking on Monday for the first time since July 2014 when Roger Federer withdrew from Cincinnati with a back injury.

Nadal and Ramos-Vinolas wore black ribbons on their shirts in memory of victims of the terror attack Thursday in Barcelona.

“All my support to Barcelona and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims. Just keep going and sorry for everything.”

Drawing on a camera lens after the final match, Kyrgios wrote “Barcelona” and drew a heart.

Nadal and Kyrgios paid tribute in their own ways.

Nadal and Kyrgios paid tribute in their own ways.Source:AFP

Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza, wearing a black ribbon on her visor, ousted Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a matchup of two-time Grand Slam winners.

Ferrer upset Austria’s eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3 while Isner fired 25 aces in beating American wildcard Jared Donaldson 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 and Dimitrov downed Japan’s Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.  with AFP

Aug 21 17

SEA Games: Lacuna, Yu advance to swimming finals

by ZwemZa
Jessie Lacuna ABS/CBN News)

Jessie Lacuna ABS/CBN News)

Jessie Lacuna and Roxanne Yu hurdled their respective heats early Monday to qualify for the finals of swimming competition of the the 29th Southeast Asian Games that kicked off at the National Aquatics Center here.

A two-time Olympian, Lacuna was sluggish from the start and swam the men’s 400-meter freestyle heats in four minutes and .0064 seconds, good for sixth place, but a far cry from his silver medal-winning time of 3:55.34 in the Singapore meet two years ago.

 Yu fared better, clocking 1:05.40 in placing a close fourth in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, although it was off her personal best of 1:04.80 when she won the bronze in the same event in the Singapore SEA Games.

The 2014 Nanjing Olympic Games veteran, however, was within striking distance of Singapore’s En Qi Hoong (1:05.20) and Indonesia’s Yenny Venesia Yosaputra (1:05.20), who placed second and third, respectively in the heat.

Vietnamese swimming star Nguyen Thi Anh, who bagged eight golds in the Singapore SEAG, easily ruled the heat in 1:03.84.

Failing the cut in the 100- meter backstroke was Fil-Am newcomer Nicole Oliva, who placed 10th with a time of 1:07.06, in the heat where the top eight swimmers qualify for the finals.

Also bowing out was Rosalee Santa Ana, who placed ninth in the women’s 200-meter butterfly heat (2:24.32).

The finals are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. also on Monday.



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