SINGAPORE: National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen broke his own national record in the 200m backstroke on Thursday (Jul 27), clocking 1:59.49s in the heats of FINA World Championships.
The time was however, not enough to qualify him for a spot in the semi-finals and he finished 24th overall in the heats.
American Ryan Murphy topped the overall heat rankings with a time of 1:56.11s, while Hungary's Peter Bernek (1:56.53s) and Lithuania's Danas Rapsys (1:56.67s) placed second and third respectively.
New Zealand's Corey Main nabbed the last semi-final spot after clocking 1:58.34s.
Quah's previous mark of 2:00.45s was set last month in the heats of the Neo Garden 13th Singapore National Swimming Championships.
The 20-year-old isstill scheduled to compete in the 50m backstroke, as well as the 100m butterfly at the meet.