Swimmers get into competitive mood

Toh Wei Soong competing in the 50m butterfly which he went on to win at the SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships yesterday. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Toh Wei Soong competing in the 50m butterfly which he went on to win at the SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships yesterday.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
 Theresa Goh (left) and Yip Pin Xiu (right) pose after swimming in the mixed 4x50m free relay event. They won the event, along with Toh and Eugene Png.
Theresa Goh (left) and Yip Pin Xiu (right) pose after swimming in the mixed 4x50m free relay event. They won the event, along with Toh and Eugene Png. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN

Toh, Goh, Yip victorious at SPH Foundation meet ahead of Singapore leg of World Series

Despite setting a new personal best in the men's 50m backstroke (S7) yesterday, Toh Wei Soong insists he still has a lot more to work on ahead of this weekend's World Para Swimming World Series and the World Para Swimming Championships in September.

The 20-year-old, representing Aquatic Performance Swim Club, clocked 37.64sec at the SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, improving on the 37.90sec he set in February.

"It's a small milestone in a longer journey to Tokyo 2020 and the World Series. I will not take my timings today as a good indicator of where I am," said Toh, who also won his other events in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and mixed 4x50m free relay.

"Regardless of how you swim, there are always things you feel you could have done better, which is a great thing because it reminds you that you can still improve. I still have to improve on the small things - rotating slightly more in my backstroke and freestyle, for instance."

"My focus will not be so much on the timings but perfecting the techniques that I know are going to get me a faster timing."

Paralympic bronze medallist Theresa Goh is also looking forward to the Singapore leg of the World Series, the first and only Asian stop, even though she admitted she is not at her best now.

She said: "I'm OK with my timings, but they can always be better. It's hard to tell if I'm on track ahead of the World Championships, but I know I have a bit of catch-up to do."

"A season best next week will be nice because it'll show us there's been some improvement," added the 32-year-old, who won the 50m and 100m breaststroke (SB4) and mixed 4x50m free relay titles.

Paralympic champion Yip Pin Xiu said that the World Series will help her get used to the competition atmosphere ahead of the World Championships in London.

Yip, who won the 100m backstroke (S2) in 2min 27.77sec yesterday, will be aiming for season-best times in the 50m and 100m back and 50m free events at the World Series at the OCBC Aquatic Centre from Friday to Sunday.

"We need as much exposure to competitions as possible because competitions and training are totally different," she said.

"During competitions, you push yourself through more because there's adrenaline. It is an international meet and I'll be competing in more events over the three days.

"Normally, on the first day, you have to go all out but, on the second day when you're sore and aching, you still must give 100 per cent.

"So for me, it's going to be mind over body."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2019, with the headline 'Swimmers get into competitive mood'. Print Edition | Subscribe