Recovered Roanne sets new mark

Her stomach hurt so much last month that she had to be hospitalised for various checks, which disrupted her training.

Now fully recovered, Roanne Ho set a new meet record in the women's 50m breaststroke at the Singapore National Swimming Championships last night, in 32.99 seconds.

The timing was also under the South-east Asia (SEA) Games A' qualifying time of 33.99.

The 22-year-old said: "It wasn't my best timing and I wasn't expecting much since I didn't have much preparation for this meet because of my illness last month."

Ho (above) has a faster time to her name in the SEA Games qualifying window - she clocked 32.70 at the Incheon Asiad in September - and will compete at the Singapore National Age-Group Championships in March to better her time.


Other than the 50m event, she is also gunning for a spot in the 100m breast at the SEA Games next year, an event she won a silver in at the 2009 edition.

She left for undergraduate studies in Australia after the biennial Games that year, and took a complete break from swimming until July last year.

The marketing graduate set a new national record of 32.37 in the 50m event at the Singapore National Age-Group Championships in March this year.

On her progress, Ho said: "I am about 90 per cent back to my best, but I have to work on my stamina now." - LIM SAY HENG