Swimming: Singapore teenager Glen Lim, 16, smashes national 800m freestyle record

Glen Lim leads the B division 1500 freestyle race  at OCBC Aquatic Centre on April 16, 2018.
Glen Lim leads the B division 1500 freestyle race at OCBC Aquatic Centre on April 16, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - National swimmer Glen Lim has set a new national record in the men's 800m freestyle at the Neo Garden 14th Singapore National Swimming Championships on Wednesday (June 20).

The 16-year-old clocked 8min 15.08sec to finish third behind Indonesia's Aflah Prawira (8:07.50), who is 21, and 17-year-old Advait Page (8:10.22) of India at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The previous Singapore mark was 8:18.21 set by Glen at the 2017 SunSmart Western Australia State Age Championships in Perth.

Glen said: "I am definitely happy with the new record but I felt that I could have swam better.

"The swim did not go exactly as planned but I tried to follow my plan as closely as I could so that I could get a time that was satisfactory to me."

Singapore's Chantal Liew finished with bronze in the women's 1,500m freestyle, when she clocked 17:40.01.

Australian Sophie Caldwell ran away with gold in 16:51.69 while Indonesia's Ressa Kania Dewi took second in 17:26.99.

The annual championships continues on Thursday with Olympic champion Joseph Schooling in action in the 200m free and 100m butterfly events.