Swimming: Khoo breaks 100m breaststroke record, meets B qualifying time for Rio

Lionel Khoo swims in the (15 & over A) men's 100m breaststroke final on March 18, 2016.
Lionel Khoo swims in the (15 & over A) men's 100m breaststroke final on March 18, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Lionel Khoo broke the men's 100m breaststroke national record yesterday at the 47th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag) with a timing of 1:02.26.

The previous record, set by Parker Lam in 2009, was 1:02.65. With his swim, Khoo also met the B qualifying time for the Rio Olympics.

Despite his achievements, Khoo feels that he could have swum even faster.

"I was aiming break the 1:02 barrier. However, I am still really happy with my results today. This shows that I am on the right track and hopefully I can swim faster the next time I race in this event."

Coach Sergio Lopez is happy that Khoo lowered the national mark, he believes that there is potential for Khoo to swim an even faster time.

"I am very happy for him. However, his form in training led us to believe he could have swum a 1:01, so I am not surprised that he managed to break the national record."

Quah Ting Wen also had a strong performance yesterday, meeting the B qualifying time for the 200m butterfly. Her time of 2:13.72, set during the heats, was fractionally inside the B qualifying time of 2:13.86.