Hong Kong’s Kenneth To breaks another national record as he squeezes into World University games semi-finals
Swimmer continues impressive form in Taiwan as he qualifies for 200-metre individual medley semi-finals
Swimmer Kenneth To King-him shattered his second Hong Kong record in two days as he joined Siobhan Haughey to reach the semi-finals at the World University Games in Taiwan this morning.
After setting the men’s 100-metre freestyle record on Sunday, To, who only became eligible to represent Hong Kong in June after returning to the place where he was born, continued his momentum by competing his second breaking time in the 200-metre individual medley.
The formerly Australia-based swimmer came fifth in his heat with a time of two minutes and 2.41 seconds, but the result was quick enough to set a new Hong Kong record breaking the mark of 2:05.81 set by Raymond Mak Ho-lun last year. Kosuki Hagino of Japan won the race in 2:01.39.
The result was also good enough to put To among the top 16 swimmers for a place in the semi-finals at the National Taiwan Sport University Arena this evening.
The 25-year-old placed 12th in the overall rankings which was headed by another Japanese swimmer, Daiya Seto, who completed a time of 1:59.88.
To said before his departure to Taiwan that Japan had sent their two best medley swimmers to the Games, making it difficult for other swimmers to challenge their leading position.
In the women’s 100-metre freestyle heats, Haughey made a quick recovery from the relay on Sunday as she won her heat in 55.18 seconds.
Although the result was not as impressive as her Hong Kong record 53.83 set the previous day, she still managed to finish in the top three of the heats ahead of the semi-finals in the evening. Maria Kameneva of Russia topped the rankings in 55.04.
Haughey, now a second year psychology student at Michigan University, was the former world junior champion of the event, clinching the title in Doha in 2013.
Another Michigan University student, Jamie Yeung Zhen-mei finished her women’s 100-metre breaststroke heat in 1:11.30, missing the semi-finals by just two spots with an overall 18th place. Haughey’s elder sister, Aisling was also in the same event and finished 26th overall in 1:12.23.