SINGAPORE: Months after disappointment and despair at the Hangzhou Asian Games, the Singapore women’s 4x100m medley team rebounded in style as they set a new national record en route to qualifying for the Paris Olympics.

In the heats of the event at the World Aquatics Championships on Sunday (Feb 18), Quah Ting Wen, Quah Jing Wen, Letitia Sim and Levenia Sim clocked a time of 4:02.88 to finish fifth in their heat and ninth overall, just one spot shy of the final.

The time eclipses the previous national record (4:06.97) set by the Quah sisters, Letitia Sim and Faith Khoo.

Unlike the individual events, there are no Olympic “A” cut times for relay qualification for the Games.

The top 3 teams at last year’s World Aquatics Championships made the cut for Paris, while the next 13 countries with the next fastest times from both this year’s and last year’s World Aquatics Championships also qualify.

According to Singapore Aquatics, the official announcement from World Aquatics will be in June, should there be any changes to the team ranking.

CNA understands that this is the first time a Singapore swimming relay team has qualified on merit for the Olympics. 


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