Reagan continues valuable performance

Reagan Cheng racing at the CSC Super Junior Invitational. He won eight events, setting meet records in five of them.
Reagan Cheng racing at the CSC Super Junior Invitational. He won eight events, setting meet records in five of them.PHOTO: CHINESE SWIMMING CLUB

Reagan Cheng continued his domination of the Chinese Swimming Club (CSC) Super Junior Invitational with victories in eight of his 11 events yesterday.

The boys' (eight-year-olds) Most Valuable Swimmer of last year once again received the award, but this time for nine-year-olds.

In addition to his eight golds (50m breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle, 100m free, breast and back, 200m free and medley relay) at the two-day meet, he also broke meet records for all of them, except the 50m breast, 200m free and 200m medley relay.

"I'm happy because I achieved what I set out to achieve," he said. "I wanted to become the Most Valuable Swimmer again to make myself proud."

At the competition with over 500 athletes from 39 local and foreign clubs, Reagan, who was up against foreign athletes in some of his races, managed to cope with some extra nerves.

Said the CSC swimmer: "I always pray before I start swimming to calm myself down. My coach also told me to try my best."

The Primary 3 pupil from Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) is on the mark, having bagged at least one other Most Valuable Swimmer distinction - at the Singapore National Age Group meet in March.

David Lim, external consultant of the CSC, said: "Reagan's road is still a long one. He is showing signs of a swimmer beyond his tender age. He will really need to manage his development and choose the correct pathway to realise his full potential."

In the girls' category, Japan's Misa Okuzono, the girls' (11-year-olds) Most Valuable Swimmer, set meet records in all of her wins (50m breast, back, butterfly, free, 100m fly, free, back and breast, 200m free and medley), except the 200m free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2017, with the headline 'Reagan continues valuable performance'. Print Edition | Subscribe