Para-swimmers put up a credible showing at world meet

Team Singapore's para-swimmers finished third in the 4x100m freestyle mixed relay at the Copenhagen 2018 World Para Swimming World Series on Saturday (yesterday morning, Singapore time).

The quartet of Benson Tan, Danielle Moi, Chew Zi Ling and Han Liang Chou clocked 4min 42.35sec to finish behind Hong Kong (4:09.74) and Turkey (4:36.94).

Only three teams competed in this race.

Yip Pin Xiu, the 2016 Paralympic Games S2 50m and 100m backstroke champion, clocked 2:17.08 and finished sixth in the 100m freestyle women's final .

The 26-year-old, competing in her first meet since the Asean Para Games last September, was swimming in an open-class race, which featured swimmers of different classifications.

Para-swimmers are grouped by the degree of activity limitation resulting from an impairment.

A lower number indicates a more severe activity limitation than a higher number.

In an open-class race, final positions are determined by how close they are to the world records in their respective classifications, instead of who touches the wall first at the end of the race.

Britain's Eleanor Robinson, who is classified S6, won the race in 1:14.84, followed by French S8 swimmer Claire Supiot (1:07.59) and S11 competitor Liesette Bruinsma (1:07.05) of the Netherlands.

Yip also swam in the 50m backstroke heats on Saturday, and placed 11th in 1:04.66.

She did not qualify for the final in this event.

The Singaporean clocked the current S2 world record of 59.38 in this event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in 2016.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'Para-swimmers put up a credible showing at world meet'. Subscribe