Kenneth To improves Hong Kong 100 metre freestyle record to reach World University Games semi-finals

Teenager clocks 49.39 seconds to finish third in his heat and fourth overall in Taiwan

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 12:28pm

Kenneth To King-him knocked a further two hundredth of a second of his Hong Kong 100 metre freestyle record by qualifying for the semi-finals at the World University Games in Taiwan on Wednesday.

To, who only became eligible to represent Hong Kong in June, clocked 49.39 seconds to finish third in his heat and fourth overall to earn a place in semi-finals later on Wednesday after improving on the previous mark of 49.41 seconds set on Sunday.

In the women’s 100 metre butterfly heats, Chan Kin-lok clocked 1:01.05 to seal a place in the semi-finals, although 1:02.51 was not enough for Tam Hoi-lam to progress.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong women’s 4x200 metre freestyle relay team without 100 metre freestyle champion Siobhan Haughey failed to progress from their heat.

Wong Yee-ching, Rainbow Ip, Jamie Yeung Zhen-mei and Yu Wai-ting clocked 8:36.89 to finish seventh in their heat.

Elsewhere, Aisling Haughey won her 200 metre breaststroke heat but 2:33.88 was only good enough for 19th place overall.