Teong Tzen Wei equals Asian document, a fingertip away from a medal at Fina World Swimming Championships

MELBOURNE: Singapore nationwide swimmer Teong Tzen Wei equalled his Asian document of twenty-two.01 seconds, however misplaced out on a podium end by 0.03sec to Hungary’s world record-holder Szebasztian Szabo, who took the bronze. The 25-year-old was that near profitable Singapore a historic Fina World Swimming Championships (25m) medal within the 50m butterfly occasion held midweek on the Melbourne Sports activities and Aquatic Centre.

Switzerland’s Noe Ponti was second (21.96) whereas Brazil’s veteran 42-year-old sprinter Nicholas Santos, the defending champion, retained his gold with a meet document of 21.78secs. Teong and Szabo had been quickest off the blocks and had been second and first respectively on the flip. However highly effective finishes by Ponti and Santos noticed Teong miss out on a medal by the smallest of margins.

“It’s at all times bitter to overlook out on the rostrum by so little. But it surely simply offers me and my crew extra motivation to work more durable and see what else we will go on the market and obtain,” mentioned Teong, who’s the primary Singaporean to qualify for a World Swimming Championships (25m) last.

For nationwide swimming head coach Gary Tan, he’s happy to see Teong’s efficiency within the pool regardless of having a busy schedule for the 2022 Commonwealth Video games 50m silver medalist.

“It’s nice to see Teong come by means of with this stable swim after a extremely hectic 12 months of competitors – the SEA Video games, Commonwealth Video games and now the world champs,” mentioned coach Tan.

“At 1.75m, he stood tall among the many giants on this race, the place the common peak is about 1.85m. He’s confirmed to Singaporeans that dimension doesn’t matter if you deal with particulars and keep centered in your lane. Kudos to the Nationwide Coaching Centre coaches for protecting Teong primed. As a bunch, we imagine he has what it takes to goal for the world document within the subsequent version,” added the previous nationwide crew swimmer who competed within the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Video games.

“It was a tremendous swim, one which has as soon as once more put himself (Teong) and Singapore on swimming’s world map. He equalled his Asian document and though it was not ok for a medal, he nonetheless deserves credit score for an incredible efficiency and all of the laborious work he’s put in these previous few years. I’m satisfied we are going to see even larger issues from Teong,” shared Singapore Swimming Affiliation president Mark Chay.

“Actually, all three swimmers on the world champs have carried out effectively to register new nationwide information within the opening days.”

The 2 different nationwide swimmers within the meet are Letitia Sim and Maximillian Ang.  

Ang had rewritten his personal males’s 100m short-course breaststroke nationwide document, clocking 58.10sec, simply forward of his earlier mark of 58.72sec set final 12 months. He additionally clocked a time of two:08.12 within the males’s 200m breaststroke, which is a brand new nationwide document and his private finest. The 21-year-old who bemedalled within the 2021 SEA Video games additionally broke the nationwide document and clocked a brand new private finest within the males’s 50m breaststroke with a time of 27.09. 

For 19-year-old Sim, her finest efficiency within the championship was within the girls’s 200m breaststroke as she set a brand new nationwide document and private finest, with a time of two:21.60. /TISG

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