Rainer Ng qualifies for YOG 50m backstroke final, sets new national record

Another piece of Singapore history has been created tonight, and this time, it is in swimming.

Rainer Ng has become the first Singapore swimmer to qualify for an individual final at the Youth Olympic Games.

The 18-year-old Raffles Institution student finished first in his 50m backstroke semi-final at the Singapore Sports School swimming complex tonight.

His time of 26.37sec was not only the second fastest overall, it is also a new national record. It is 0.22sec faster than his previous national record of 26.59sec which he set at the National Swimming Championships in April.

Christian Homer of Trinidad and Tobago had the best overall timing, clocking 26.31sec.

Rainer’s final will be held tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Singapore Sports Fan extends his heartiest congratulations to Rainer, who had taken a year off school to train for the YOG and this November’s Asian Games.

It is clear that his sacrifice and dedication to his sport is slowly reaping dividends.

All the best in tomorrow’s final, Rainer. I really do hope to see you on the podium.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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