KUALA LUMPUR – Despite finishing second in the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships yesterday, Yeap Zhen Yang of Selangor became the latest swimmer to have booked his ticket to the 2015 FINA World Championships scheduled for August in Kazan, Russia.
The 16-year-old booked his berth in the men’s 400m Freestyle with a time of 3:58.56s, to accompany his comrade from Sarawak Welson Sim who recorded 3:53.91s to the FINA World Championships.
The ‘B’ qualifying mark set for the men’s 400m Freestyle event was 3:58.95s.
“My initial target is to qualify for the SEA Games. I never thought that I would qualify for both the SEA Games and the FINA Championships as well.
“My aim was to dip down under 4 (minutes) and I have managed to clock 3:58.91s. I am quite happy with that,” he said, adding that qualifying for SEA Games and World Championship was his first best achievement.
Meanwhile, Khoo Cai Lin splashed her way to the women’s 400m Freestyle gold with the time of 4:18.51s.
In second place was Sze Hang Yu of Hong Kong (4:25.15s), while Angela Chieng of Sarawak (4:29.13s) came in third.
Cai Lin, 26, also surpassed the ‘B’ qualifying mark of 4:21.31s for the World Championships.
“This is my fifth world championship,” she said.
The two-time Olympian who holds the 400m (4:10.75) and 800m (8:45.36) freestyle national records, is aiming to defending her gold medal in the 800m freestyle in the SEA Games in Singapore, this June.
“This time around, order of the event is a little bit funny. After the Malaysian Open, I will sit down with my coach and study a bit and see what is best for me.
“The 400m and 800m Freestyle events are on the same day. I am not sure whether to do both or just choose one,” she added.