Nationwide swimmer Glen Lim rewrites nationwide 800m freestyle file at SNAG Swimming Championships 2023

SINGAPORE — SEA Video games medallist and freestyle specialist Glen Lim broke his personal males’s nationwide open 800 metre freestyle file on the 53rd Singapore Nationwide Age Group Swimming Championships held from March 14 to 19 on the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports activities Hub.

Lim who just lately turned 21 on March 28, clocked a time of 8 minutes 6.98 seconds to higher his 2019 effort of 8 minutes 9.61 seconds. It was Lim’s first nationwide file in three years, and he additionally holds the nationwide file for the boys’s 400m and 1,500m freestyle.

“I’m fairly comfortable about my swim, because it has been a very long time since I’ve hit a nationwide file. I didn’t anticipate to hit that point, however it’s certainly a welcome sight. It’s additionally a pleasant advance birthday current,” mentioned Lim, who broke the file on March 18.

His file and efficiency within the pool comes forward of the Cambodia SEA Video games in Might the place he hopes to enhance on his two-bronze medal haul of the 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay on the 2021 Hanoi SEA Video games.

In 2021, he teamed up with Jonathan Tan, Quah Zhen Wen and Olympian Joseph Education within the 4x200m freestyle relay. They clocked a time of seven:21.49, ending behind Malaysia and hosts Vietnam who set a brand new Video games file. Within the 400m freestyle, Lim got here in third with a timing of three:56.68, whereas Olympian and Vietnamese 2022 Athlete of the 12 months Nguyen Huy Hoang took prime spot with a brand new Video games file clocking in a time of three:48.06.

“After SNAG we (the nationwide staff) are going to have a small coaching camp to assist us get again into form, so I believe we’re fairly ready going into SEA Video games. I hope to a minimum of get a podium end for all my occasions. I additionally hope to higher my two bronzes,” mentioned Lim who was named by Singapore Swimming Affiliation in early March of their nationwide staff squad record for the Cambodia SEA Video games.

Picture: Singapore Swimming Affiliation

The affiliation named a complete of twenty-two swimmers on March 1, however one title is notably lacking from the record, Singapore’s solely Olympic gold medalist Joseph Education. He received the Republic’s first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Olympic in Rio, the place he set a brand new Olympic file of fifty.39s within the males’s 100m butterfly occasion. 

In a media assertion, the 27-year-old mentioned that he determined to tug out of the upcoming SEA Video games after cautious consideration together with his staff as he feels that he’s unable to carry out at a degree that he holds himself to.

“This was not a simple determination, however I’m presently not on the degree at which I maintain myself to carry out. In the end, my nation comes first earlier than particular person accolades. I’ve determined to present my spot to staff mates who’ve been getting themselves prepared and regarded for choice whereas I cheer from residence and deal with my Navy duties,” mentioned Education, who won’t be featured in a SEA Video games since he made his debut within the 2011 in Indonesia.

Within the 2021 SEA Video games, Singapore got here out prime within the swimming competitors with a complete medal haul of 21 golds, 11 silvers, and 12 bronze medals. The swimmers shall be led by former nationwide swimmer Gary Tan on the Cambodia SEA Video games.

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