Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen to aim high in 200m butterfly event at Olympics

Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is targeting a place in the 200m butterfly final at the Rio Olympics in August.
Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is targeting a place in the 200m butterfly final at the Rio Olympics in August.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is likely to put his focus on the 200m butterfly, targeting a place in the final when he competes at the Olympic Games this August.

National head coach Sergio Lopez revealed this when he met with members of the media Thursday afternoon to give a review of his past year in charge.

The Spaniard said that Quah, 19, has it in him to be a finalist in the 200m fly at the Rio Games, and should aim to be among the top 16 in the other two events (100m butterfly and 100m backstroke).

"The main event for Zheng Wen is the 200m fly," said Lopez. "That's what we will aim for. He can sneak in there if he has a good meet."

Quah proved his quality at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas this month when he won the 200m fly 'A' final in 1min 58.07sec. The timing was off his personal best of 1:56.79.

He has met the 'A' qualifying marks for the 200m fly, 100m fly and 100m backstroke events at the Olympics.

Said Quah, who competed in his maiden Olympics in London as a 15-year-old: "At this Olympics, some things I'd like to do differently is not just go in there and do what everyone says - which is to fully experience (the Games) and what not - I want to go there and make a difference and actually be a solid participant there."