Good returns from S'poreans

Danny Yeo swims the 200m freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup day two at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Oct 4, 2015
Danny Yeo swims the 200m freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup day two at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Oct 4, 2015 PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Singapore's swimmers enjoyed a good outing on Day 2 of the Fina Swimming World Cup as they harvested three medals.

Danny Yeo started the ball rolling in the men's 200m freestyle. He clocked 1min 51.07sec to finish joint-second with Japan's Masato Sakai. Australia's Daniel Smith won in 1:48.15.

Said Yeo: "I'm very satisfied considering we just started our training. The time is also faster than how I did in Kazan (1:51.29), so it's definitely a step in the right direction."

Joining him in the list of medallists was national team-mate Quah Zheng Wen, joint-second in the 100m butterfly and second in the 50m backstroke.

In the 100m fly, he finished in 53.66sec alongside Russian Viacheslav Prudnikov and behind winner Sakai (53.53).

The time is short of his personal best of 52.69, and off the Olympic "A" mark of 52.36, which national coach Sergio Lopez had tipped him to hit.

He also timed 25.50 in the 50m back, behind Australia's Ashley Delaney (25.30) and ahead of Japanese Yuki Shirai (25.91).

Quah, who was still recovering from a fever on Saturday night, said: "I wasn't feeling my best in terms of health... but I'm satisfied with my times and happy that I can win medals for Singapore. With the other legs coming up I'll have other shots at making the Olympic cut."


Chua Siang Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'Good returns from S'poreans'. Print Edition | Subscribe