Swimming: Lionel Khoo sets new national record in men's 200m breaststroke

The 21-year-old won his race to clock a new personal best and better his previous national record of 2:16.19, which was set last year at the Asean University Games in Singapore.
The 21-year-old won his race to clock a new personal best and better his previous national record of 2:16.19, which was set last year at the Asean University Games in Singapore. PHOTO: SPH

SINGAPORE - National swimmer Lionel Khoo set a new Singapore record of 2min 15.27sec in the men's 200m breaststroke event at the China Life 48th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships on Thursday (March 16).

The 21-year-old won his race at the OCBC Aquatic Centre to clock a new personal best and better his previous national record of 2:16.19, which was set last year at the Asean University Games in Singapore.

Khoo, who won silver in the same event at the 2015 SEA Games here, also qualified for this year's edition of the biennial Games in Kuala Lumpur. His time was well under the 'A' qualifying mark of 2.16.99.

The gold medal-winning time for the 200m breaststroke race at the 2015 SEA Games was 2:14.83, clocked by Thailand's Radomyos Matjiur.

Said Khoo: "My success is attributed to my strong training squad and without them I don't think this would have been possible. I think my chances for the SEA Games are pretty good, considering my timing is pretty quick."