Swimmer Quah Ting Wen finds it fun to keep breaking barriers

Quah Ting Wen on her way to winning the 100m freestyle in 54.82sec last night at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. She set the national record twice in a day and also broke the 55-second barrier.
Quah Ting Wen on her way to winning the 100m freestyle in 54.82sec last night at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. She set the national record twice in a day and also broke the 55-second barrier.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Ten years ago, swimmer Quah Ting Wen wanted to be the first Singaporean woman to go under two minutes in the 200m freestyle race. She achieved it that same year, at the Asian Youth Games on home soil.

A decade later, the 26-year-old has broken new ground again, but in a different event. Yesterday, she became the first local to go under 55 seconds in the women's 100m free, rewriting the national record twice in a day in the process.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Ting Wen finds it fun to keep breaking the barriers'. Print Edition | Subscribe