Swimming: Quah Ting Wen sets new national mark in women's 100m freestyle at Snag

With a time of 55.52 seconds, the 23-year-old Quah beat the previous national record of 55.57sec she had set at the 2009 Asian Youth Games.
With a time of 55.52 seconds, the 23-year-old Quah beat the previous national record of 55.57sec she had set at the 2009 Asian Youth Games. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Quah Ting Wen set a national record in the 100m freestyle on the last day of competition at the 47th Singapura Finance Singapore National Age Group (Snag) Swimming Championships with a time of 55.52 seconds.

The previous national record of 55.57sec was also set by Quah in 2009 at the Asian Youth Games.

Her time was within the Olympic qualifying 'B' time of 56.34sec but still fell short of the 'A' time of 54.43sec.

While those who meet the 'A' time are guaranteed an automatic spot in the Olympics, athletes who meet the 'B' time will be invited by Fina to participate in the Olympics according to their place in the Fina world rankings released on July 3.

There was further joy for Quah after her younger sister Jing Wen also set a new meet record of 4min 59.59sec in the women's (ages 15-17) 400m individual medley. The previous meet record of 5min 3.45sec was was also set by her.