Swimming: Roanne Ho just misses 50m breaststroke national mark, sub-31sec goal still on

Roanne Ho in action during the Singapore National Age Group Championships women’s 50m breaststroke super final at OCBC Aquatic Centre on March 16, 2018.
Roanne Ho in action during the Singapore National Age Group Championships women’s 50m breaststroke super final at OCBC Aquatic Centre on March 16, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Roanne Ho narrowly missed out on breaking her own 50m breaststroke national record at the Liberty Insurance 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships (Snag) on Friday (March 16).

The 25-year-old clocked 31.32 seconds to win the evening's final and come within 0.03sec of her national record, set at the SEA Games last year.

She had been aiming to go faster, but a toe cramp at the start of the race put paid to those hopes.

"I was hoping to go below 31 today or at least break the national record, so it's a bit disappointing," said the four-time SEA Games gold medallist.

"I'm not in taper yet and will only do so after this meet so that's still the goal at the Commonwealth Games - to go below 31."

Ho is one of three swimmers who will represent the Republic at the April 4-15 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. The other two are freestyle specialist Darren Lim and 14-time SEA Games gold medallist Quah Ting Wen.

Despite the day's disappointment, National Training Centre head coach Gary Tan said Ho has been performing well on the training front.

"The good thing is that she's actually been working hard in and out of the pool. She's continued her gym programme through the Snag and isn't tapered yet," said the former national swimmer.

"With Roanne we have been focusing more on her processes, like her race execution and how she approaches races mentally. So it's good to see her drop 0.3sec from the morning (heats) in the final. Hopefully she will go on to a PB at the Commonwealth Games."

The third day of the Snag saw no Singaporean swimmer other than Ho, who had already qualified for the 50m breaststroke, meet 'A' qualifying marks for August's Asian Games in Indonesia.

The Republic's swimmers have two more days left at the Snag to make a bid for the Asiad to be held in Jakarta and Palembang.