Kenneth To through to 50m freestyle final in Taiwan as he eyes World University Games podium

Hong Kong swimmer earns his place in the last-16 after finishing 15th

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 1:23pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 5:34pm

Kenneth To King-him continued his medal challenge for Hong Kong at the World University Games as he advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 50-metre freestyle in Taiwan this morning.

Racing in his fourth event at the National Taiwan Sport University arena, To came sixth in his sprinting event heat in a time of 22.61 seconds. Despite the relatively low position, the 25 year-old was still able to earn his place in the last 16 this evening with an overall ranking of 15th.

To said after the 100-metre semi-finals on Wednesday that it was a great experience for him to represent Hong Kong in the major games and was fortunate to have a rest day ahead of the 50 metres.

Having only become eligible to represent Hong Kong in June after returning to the place where he was born, the formerly Australia-based swimmer has already set two new Hong Kong records. He swam 2:01.37 in the 200-metre individual medley semi-finals which sent him to the final where he finished eighth. In the men’s 100-metre freestyle, he set a new record 49.41 when leading out the Hong Kong 4x100 metre relay team on Sunday and then shattered his own in the individual event with a better time of 49.39 in the heats.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey aims for second gold medal at World University Games

Joining To in the evening’s agenda will be Siobhan Haughey, who is going to mount a serious challenge to the women’s 200-metre freestyle gold medal after setting the fastest time in the previous round. The 19-year-old has already won gold in the 100-metre freestyle.

Also in the semi-finals is Lui Lai-yiu on the athletic track. The Chinese University student came third in her heats in the women’s 100-metre hurdles in 13.88 seconds and will be featured in one of the three semis tomorrow evening.