The first day of the 16th Singapore National Swimming Championships (SNSC) Invitationals on Wednesday got off to a flying start for national record holder Maximillian Ang who lowered his national record time in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke event.
The event is also being utilised as a major games qualifier.
The 20-year-old Aquatic Masters Swim Club (AMSC) swimmer led from start to finish to clock a time of 2:13.27s, rewriting his old mark of 2:13.68s set in March at the 51st Singapore National Age Groups.
Terence Ong of Aquatic Performance Swim Club (APSC) was second in a time of 2:21.14s, while Ong’s teammate Barron Cohen Chiam finished third in 2:21.93s.
Said Ang, “I was a little disappointed when I saw my time because I expected a better time, but at the same time it is an improvement, and it is a step forward which I am happy and serves as a stepping stone for me to do better times in future.
“The race was not perfect, as there are still some technical aspects of my swim that I still need to improve on, such as my pullouts and breakouts, so I am pretty confident I am able to go faster in the future.”
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event has restricted numbers, with the top 24 swimmers per gender per event invited to participate in the meet, which serves as the final qualifying meet for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and for the SEA Games 2021, Asian Youth Games 2021 as well as the FINA World Championships 2021 and 2022.
Day 2 of the meet will see the Men’s and Women’s 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly, and the 200m Freestyle.
All results are available here.
Photo: SSA/Andy Chua