ST Sports Talk Podcast: Teong Tzen Wei’s rise from ‘Old Chang Kee boy’ to swim star

In this podcast, national swimmer Teong Tzen Wei talks about his recent milestones in the pool. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Synopsis: Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times tackles the talking points in Singapore sport.

In this episode, ST sports correspondent Sazali Abdul Aziz chats with national swimmer Teong Tzen Wei about his recent milestones in the pool.

Teong, 24, talks about becoming only the third Singaporean man to race in the final of a World Championships, becoming the only South-east Asian to go under 22 seconds in the 50m freestyle, and how he experienced a sea change in his outlook to training and competing.

Highlights (click/tap above):

00:58 Racing in a final at the World C’ships

03:40 Processing a fabulous month of swimming

06:28 Embracing the ‘late bloomer’ tag

09:07 Old Chang Kee.. before a change in mindset

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Produced by: Sazali Abdul Aziz ( & Eden Soh

Edited by: Eden Soh

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