Lionel Khoo breaks own national record at FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup

Lionel Khoo breaks own national record at FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup

He placed fifth in the event at 2min 11.8s, rewriting the previous record of 2min 16.19s he set at the 2016 Asean University Games in July.

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SINGAPORE: National swimmer Lionel Khoo broke his own national record for the 200m breaststroke event at the Singapore leg of the FINA/airweave World Cup at the OCBC Arena on Friday (Oct 21).

He placed fifth in the event at 2min 11.8s, rewriting the previous record of 2min 16.19s he set at the 2016 Asean University Games in July.

A 29-strong Team Singapore squad is competing against some of the sport's top performers at the home leg of the World Cup on Friday and Saturday, with 190 international swimmers from 33 countries visiting Singapore for the competition, according to the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA).

Fourteen events were held on Friday, including the 100m men's freestyle, 200m women's freestyle, 50m men's breaststroke, 100m women's breaststroke and 100m women's butterfly.

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, known as the "Iron Lady", dominated the pool with four golds and one silver from her five events.

Meanwhile, South Africa's most decorated Olympian Chad le Clos won gold in the men's 50m butterfly and a silver in the 200m butterfly.

After the Singapore leg of the FINA/airweave World Cup wraps up on Saturday, the competition will head to Tokyo on Oct 25 to Oct 26 followed by Hong Kong on Oct 29 to Oct 30.

Source: CNA/mz

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