TOKYO: Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen clocked a time of 53.94s at the Tokyo Aquatics Center on Sunday (Jul 25), narrowly missing out on a spot in the 100m backstroke semi-finals.
Quah finished third in his heat and 22nd overall. The heats were won by Russia’s Kliement Kolesnikov, with a time of 52.15s.
The top 16 in the heats progress to the semifinals, with the final spot going to Greece’s Apostolos Christou with a time of 53.77s.
Quah has the national record in the event - 53.79s, set at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
Speaking to reporters after the race, Quah said he was not too upset with the timing, given that it was close to his personal best.
“If I (hit my) best time, I think I would have had a lot better of a chance to be back in (the) top 16,” said Quah, before the confirmation of the top qualifiers.
“Of course, (I) would have love to be faster but nothing I can do now, but just try to warm down and focus on my next race tomorrow.”
The Singaporean will next compete in the 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly at the Games.
With today being his first time in the pool, the 24-year-old said the experience “felt good”.
“Japan’s done a very good job of putting the meet together. The venue’s awesome, everything’s great, very smooth but pretty strict processes, but obviously for a good reason,” said Quah, referring to the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everything’s pretty nice so far.”
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