Jung Yi meets Asian Games 200m fly qualifying mark

Swimfast Aquatic Club's Ong Jung Yi beat the qualifying mark in the men's 200m butterfly on the first day of the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag).
Swimfast Aquatic Club's Ong Jung Yi beat the qualifying mark in the men's 200m butterfly on the first day of the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag). PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM MYACTIVESG.COM

Singapore is set to have another butterfly swimmer alongside Olympic champion Joseph Schooling at the Aug 18-Sept 2 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Swimfast Aquatic Club's (SAC) Ong Jung Yi narrowly beat the qualifying mark of 1min 59.93sec in the men's 200m butterfly on the first day of the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag).

The 17-year-old clocked 1:59.90 at the OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday and was delighted.

"When I saw the timing, I felt that the entire race that I had just swum was worth it," he said.

"My strokes were a little short during the (morning's) heats, so it was something that I was working on with coach before the (evening's) final. He told me that he believed that I would be able to make the cut, so that gave me added motivation."

He was one of three swimmers who yesterday met the qualification mark, the sixth-placed time at the 2014 Asiad.

The other two swimmers achieved their marks in rather dramatic fashion.

AquaTech Swimming's Darren Lim and Danny Yeo of Aquatic Performance Swim Club (APSC) touched the wall at the exact same time in the 100m freestyle final.

The duo clocked 50.10sec to beat the qualifying time of 50.15sec.

"I had already met the time during the heats, so for the final there was definitely less pressure," said Lim, who clocked 49.74sec in the morning.

The 20-year-old will also fly the Republic's flag at next month's Commonwealth Games in Australia and is looking forward to the year ahead.

"Today's race is definitely a good representation for me - I'm not tapered and still went out there and did a decent time," he added.

"Hopefully by the Commonwealth Games when I am fully tapered and rested, I think I will be able to clock a quicker time."

Swimmers usually require some three weeks to taper for a major meet, with most doing so only twice a year, in accordance with schedules of major competitions.

The Snag continues today, and will offer swimmers four more days of competition to lock in their tickets to the Asian Games.


Correction note: An earlier version of this story spelt Ong Jung Yi's name incorrectly. We are sorry for the error. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'Jung Yi meets Asian Games 200m fly qualifying mark'. Print Edition | Subscribe