Robyn Lamsam has been handed the chance of an Asian Games swan-song after being named in Hong Kong's provisional swimming squad despite failing to clock necessary qualifying times. The 21-year-old's chances of taking part in December's Bangkok extravaganza looked to have evaporated at yesterday's final day of the Hong Kong National Championships as she laboured to third place in the final of the 100 metres freestyle. Lamsam needed to clock a fast time to meet the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association's (HKASA) rigid entry standards for Asian Games selection. But her time of one minute and 0.33 seconds was only good enough to earn her 91 points on the ranking system used by the HKASA to determine selection. The HKASA demanded a minimum score of 92 for swimmers to be considered for Thailand and, after going so agonisingly close to reaching the barrier, Lamsam was understandably downcast after emerging from the pool. In an unusual address to spectators after the completion of the finals, Lamsam dropped a large hint that she was pondering retirement. 'This maybe my last national championships and I just want to say thank you for all the people who have supported me over the years,' she said. Later, she told Sports Post: 'I don't want to make any snap decisions but I have to sit down at some point and have a good long think about my future. I don't want to say I'm going to retire and then decide I've made the wrong decision. 'It's very hard to let go. I've been in swimming now for over a decade. It's been my life for the past 10 to 15 years and it is very hard to just put it down and not do it anymore. 'But, at the same time, it has got a lot harder in the past two or three years to find the time. Moving to Australia to go to university was a lot of upheaval and it's been hard getting the balance between studying and training. 'It's up to the selectors now, but I'm not really that optimistic.' But Lamsam's pessimism at her chances of making the squad gave way to joy hours later after the HKASA named her in a list of 16 swimmers which will eventually be forwarded to the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF&OC) for selection. Eva Poon Scott, honorary secretary of the HKASA's technical committee, said Lamsam's versatility had ensured her selection. 'Basically she can do a lot of things which is very important for the relays. That was the main reason she was picked,' Scott said. Another swimmer to gain exemption into the Hong Kong squad for Bangkok was Zachary Moffatt. Moffatt was due to take part in the 100m freestyle at the national championships but was forced out after being struck down with tonsillitis on Friday. 'He produced a medical certificate confirming that he was ill and in hospital so he has been allowed in the squad because his times in America were good enough,' Scott said. The list of swimmers will now go before the HKASA's executive committee for approval tomorrow before being forwarded to the ASF&OC for consideration. Heading the list are Mark Kwok Kin-ming, who added two more golds to his weekend haul yesterday with victories in the 400m freestyle and individual medley, and Alex Fong Lik-sun, who impressed with a national record in the 200m backstroke final. 'I'm happy to have got the record but I really do think I could have gone faster,' Fong said. SQUAD Provisional squad for Asian Games: Alex Fong Lik-sun, Fu Wing, Arthur Li Kai-yien, Billy Kwok Sze-wai, Mark Kwok Kin-ming, Matthew Kwok Hon-ming, Zachary Moffatt, Michael Scott, Sun Fat-yee, Szeto Shui-ki, Tam Chi-kin, Caroline Chiu, Robyn Lamsam, Pang Shuk-mui, Sherry Tsai Hiu-wai, Pamela Tung Xue-ming.