Swimming: Glen Lim sets new national U-17 400m freestyle record at national c'ships

Glen Lim touched the wall in 3min 55.67sec to improve on the 3:57.39 he set in December 2017.
Glen Lim touched the wall in 3min 55.67sec to improve on the 3:57.39 he set in December 2017.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Glen Lim rewrote his own Under-17 national record in the 400m freestyle on Saturday (March 17) at the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag).

Glen, 15, touched the wall in 3min 55.67sec to improve on the 3:57.39 he set in December 2017 while in Australia for a training camp with the national team.

"I'm quite happy with myself now. I didn't expect to do 3:55 today because I wasn't feeling good, but the coaches want us to have the mindset of pushing ourselves and not have negative thoughts so that's what I tried to do," said the Secondary 4 Raffles Institution student.

Glen's time was also just short of the Asian Games 'A' qualifying mark of 3:55.39, which is the sixth-fastest time at the last Asiad.

But he has another shot at automatic qualification for the Aug 18-Sept 2 Indonesia Asiad on Sunday in the 1500m free, where the time he has to beat is 15:31.67. His current personal best is 15:46.84, while the senior national record held by Teo Zhen Ren stands at 15:43.08.

"Even though I didn't meet the qualifying time today, I am still excited about going to the Games if possible. For the 1500m free I would like to swim at least a 15:30 so I will just see what I can do," he said.

It was the same story for Gan Ching Hwee in the women's 400m free, as she set a new personal best of 4:18.63 only to fall short as well of the Asiad 'A' qualifying mark of 4:18.13.

"Leading up to this competition I was working hard towards the Asian Games, and I'm definitely hoping to get the 'B' (mark) nomination," said the 14-year-old, who made her major Games debut at the 2017 SEA Games.

"I think the Asian Games is a bigger platform for me to gain more experience, and I also really just enjoy the process of racing."

Swimmers who meet the 'B' mark are eligible to be nominated to the Singapore National Olympic Council for the Asiad.

The Snag, which is being held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, concludes on Sunday.