Swimming

Quah stays hot with a bronze

Quah Zheng Wen continued his stellar season when he finished third in the 100m backstroke at the Fina World Cup leg in Moscow on Tuesday (Aug 11) night.

His time of 54.03s broke the national record of 54.13s, which he set in the morning heats and bettered the Olympic "A" qualifying time of 54.36s.

Quah's mark in the heats was 0.27 seconds faster than the record he set at the just-concluded world championships on Aug 3 in Kazan, where he failed to progress to the semi-finals as he finished 21st out of 67 swimmers in the heats.

In the final, the 18-year-old finished behind France's Camille Lacourt (53.44s) and Russia's Grigory Tarasevich (54.01s).

The Fina World Cup is usually a short course (25m pool) meet, but the world governing body is using the long course (50m pool) format this year to increase participation and also as a qualifying event for the Olympics.

This is the second Olympic "A" time Quah has clocked.

At the SEA Games held in Singapore in June, his 1min 56.79sec effort in the 200m butterfly was also under the "A" qualifying time of 1min 56.97sec.

Quah was given a deferment from National Service so that he could focus on the Olympic Games in 2016.

 

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