Singapore Swimming Association
07/26/2021 at 12:00
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Quah Zheng Wen misses out on 200m Butterfly Semis

Day 3 of the swimming competition at the Tokyo Olympics saw national swimmer Quah Zheng Wen take to the pool once more for the heats of the Men's 200m Butterfly.

Having not made the semi-finals for the Men's 100m Backstroke, Quah was looking to emulate his 2016 Rio Olympics performance when he made the semi-finals of the Men's 200m Butterfly.

Racing in Heat 2, Quah started out strong and led for 350m before fading, and eventually clocking a time of 1:56.42s to finish 2nd in his heat behind Tomoe Hvas of Norway.

His final placing saw him finish 22nd out of 38 swimmers, and failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Speaking to reporters after the race, Quah said he was "very disappointed' with his time, even though he noted this was his fastest race in the event since Rio.

“It has been a little bit of a journey figuring out how to train and practice for this race,” he said.

“But I’m definitely in the right direction and I think I just got to keep moving forward. I just wish things could have gone better.”

While not looking for excuses, Quah hinted that the lack of rest time between his two heats did not help.

“This was a better race for me just because I’m better at this event, but obviously with that comes more expectation and greater disappointment as well,” he said.

“I think I moved through these two days the best I could. I had a little less rest between the two races than I would have liked, but again, that’s something out of my control. I’m not going to make any excuses.”

Quah's final event will be the 100m Butterfly on Thursday, 29 July, alongside team mate and defending champion, Joseph Schooling. 

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