Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thailand’s Natthanan ends Cai Lin’s golden run

PALEMBANG: It was the end of Khoo Cai Lin’s four-year reign as the fastest woman middle distance swimmer in the region while Chan Kah Yan came close to snatching a surprise gold on the third day of the swimming competition at the Jakabaring Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Cai Lin failed in her bid to win a third straight title in the 400m freestyle despite beating the London Olympic qualifying time of 4:18.75.
She was beaten to the gold by Natthanan Junkrajang of Thailand. Natthanan touched home in 4:15.84 compared to Cai Lin’s 4:16.54, which was her best time of the year.

Koh Hui Yu of Singapore took the bronze in 4:23.00.
“I did not win the gold but at least my SEA Games record is intact. And I also managed to qualify for the Olympics. There’s the 800m freestyle tomorrow and I will try to win that gold,” said Cai Lin.

Malaysia’s second silver of the day came in the women’s 50m backstroke with Kah Yan finishing second in a new national record of 29.55. She broke her previous record of 29.70 set at the Malaysian Open in May.
Lim Jia Yi of Singapore splashed to victory in 29.35.

Malaysia have managed four silvers so far with three days of competition remaining.
The gold medal drought should end today.
Siow Yi Ting and Christina Loh will be making a double assault on the 100m breaststroke while Cai Lin will be competing in the 800m freestyle.


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