Distance specialist Lynette Lim opened Singapore’s swimming campaign at the Asian Youth Games in style tonight when she won the Girls 400m freestyle in a new national record time.
The US-based teenager clocked 4min 14.25sec to shave two seconds off her national mark of 4:16.42 which she set at the Janet Evans Invitational in California last year.
In fact, Lynette, 17, was so superior in her event tonight that she finished a clear seven seconds ahead of closest rival Benjaporn Sriphonomthorn (4:21.63). Hong Kong’s Stepahnie Au, who was expected to be Lynette’s main threat in this event finished third in 4:21.93.
Singapore’s Koh Hui Yu was fourth in 4:22.56.
In the Boys 400m freestyle final, Singapore’s Clement Lim finished sixth in 4:06.68. South Korea’s Kwon Oh Kook took the gold in 3:58.97.
Lynette’s triumph means that Singapore has won two golds at the Asian Youth Games today. The other was won by bolwers New Hui Fen and Darshini Krishna in the Girls Doubles (see previous post).
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan