Olympics: S'pore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen disappointed at missing out on 200m fly semis

TOKYO – Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen missed the cut for the semi-finals of the 200m butterfly at the Olympic Games after clocking 1min 56.42sec in the heats on Monday (July 26) night.

The 24-year-old said he was disappointed by his effort, which was some way off his personal best of 1:56.01, which he clocked at the heats at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He started strongly in Heat 2 and led for more than three-quarters of the race before fading at the end. The Singaporean finished behind Tomoe Hvas of Norway (1:56.30) and ahead of Ireland’s Brendan Hyland (1:57.09).

Quah’s time meant he placed 22nd out of 38 swimmers overall and missed out on tomorrow’s semi-finals with only the top 16 swimmers qualifying.

He had also placed 22nd in the heats for the 100m backstroke event on Sunday night.

Quah is pencilled for one other event in Tokyo, the 100m fly, and will race in the heats with teammate and defending champion Joseph Schooling on Thursday.

Schooling will begin his Olympic campaign in the 100m freestyle heats tomorrow.

Quah’s sister Ting Wen, who is the other Singaporean swimmer in Tokyo, will race in the 100m and 50m free heats on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

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