Singapore Sports School student Pang Sheng Jun cracked a 20-year-old national Under-17 swimming record and earned a ticket to December’s South-east Asia Games in Laos during the 5th National Swimming Championships yesterday.
The 16-year-old student clocked 4min 34.68sec in the 400m Individual Medley final to erase Desmond Koh’s record of 4:37.25 which was set at the 1989 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
The result means that Sheng Jun is now the owner of both the national U-17 200m IM and 400m IM records.
Another swimmer who qualified for the SEA Games last night was rising star Quah Ting Wen.
The Raffles Institution Junior College student won the Women’s 100m freestyle in a new national Open record time of 55.65sec, a shade faster than her previous record of 55.80sec which she had set at the National Age-Group Championships in March.
Ting Wen’s time is also a new national U-17 record.
Parker Lam broke the men’s national Open 50m breaststroke record twice yesterday.
He first cracked his prevailing mark of 29.59sec with his 29.43sec effort in the morning’s heats. He then did it again in the final with a time of 29.31sec.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan