Friday, May 09, 2014

Christina Loh And Ching Hwang Splash Their Way To Fina World Championships In Russia

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) -- National swimmers Christina Loh and Lim Ching Hwang booked their tickets to the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia after winning their respective events in the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, here today.

Christina Loh splashed her way to the women's 100m Breaststroke gold with a time of 1:10.63 seconds to beat Samantha Louisa Yeci from Singapore (1:11.71s) and Phee Jinq En from Selangor (1:12.33s), respectively.

The 19-year-old Christina Loh's time surpassed the qualifying mark of 1:10.75s for the world championships.

"I am pleasantly surprised for qualifying this early because the world championships is only next year. My focus today was to pose a personal best time. Since I have already qualified, I must now work hard to keep in shape," she told reporters, here today.

Ching Hwang booked his berth after winning the men's 100m Freestyle with a time of 51.12s, en route to beating Danny Yeo of Singapore (51.67s) and Welson Sim from Sarawak (52.22s).

The qualifying mark set for the men's 100m Freestyle was also 51.12s.

Meanwhile, Jinq En's time of 1:12.33s earned her a place in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China from Aug 16 to 28, since she had shaved off almost 2 seconds from the qualifying time of 1:14.51s.

-- BERNAMA

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