Sports world: Six national marks lowered on last day

Six national marks lowered on last day

Another six national short-course records fell yesterday, the second and final day of the Singapore National Swimming Championships.

Pang Sheng Jun, who broke two national records on day one, capped a good meet as he set the national 1,500m freestyle (15min 7.87sec) and 200m individual medley (2:00.32) marks.

Quah Zheng Wen, who set three records on day one, also rewrote the 100m butterfly (50.84sec) and 200m backstroke (1:57.40) records.

Joining them in the record books yesterday were breaststroke specialists Roanne Ho (31.88sec in the 50m breaststroke) and Lionel Khoo (1:00.66 in the 100m breaststroke).

Cheng takes silver in Laser Standard

SYDNEY • Singapore sailor Colin Cheng finished second in the men's Laser Standard event at Sail Sydney, posting another good week after winning the World Cup in Melbourne the week before.

Compatriot Scott Glen Sydney was fourth while Ryan Lo finished ninth in the 31-strong fleet.

In the women's windsurfing RS:X event, Audrey Yong was eighth out of 13 competitors.

Diack denies funding election campaign

PARIS • Former world athletics chief Lamine Diack has denied helping fund Senegal president Macky Sall's election campaign in 2012.

On Friday, Le Monde claimed that Diack, who has been charged in France with accepting Russian bribes to cover up positive drug tests when he was president of the IAAF, had taken €1.5 million (S$2.3 million) from former president of the Russian Athletics Federation Valentin Balakhnishev for that purpose.


No Messi conspiracy, insists Enrique

YOKOHAMA (Japan) • Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has denied bizarre claims of a conspiracy surrounding injured Lionel Messi before the Catalan football side's Club World Cup final against River Plate in Japan today.

The Argentine missed Barca's 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande in midweek with abdominal pains. When an Argentine journalist insisted Messi's absence was "mysterious", Enrique said: "Oh, give me a break! Look, there's no mystery. We haven't hidden him or anything."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 20, 2015, with the headline 'Sports world: Six national marks lowered on last day'. Print Edition | Subscribe