Maximillian Rises Above the Challenge to Book Asian Games Ticket
SINGAPORE, 18 MARCH 2022 – The Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier continued into its 4th day at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Friday as Singapore’s top swimming stars, current and rising, aimed to seal their places at the upcoming major meets for the year.
In the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, national record holder, Maximillian Ang, earned a ticket to his first Asian Games when he stopped the clock at 2:13.85s in the final, to make the “A” cut by 0.01s. His achievement was even more impressive considering he had just swum the Men’s 200m Individual Medley final 45 minutes before the breaststroke final. He clocked a time of 2:02.66s in the Individual Medley, which was an Asian Games “B” cut and a new personal best.
“I did not know about the qualifying mark before my race, so when I heard my name being announced for making the Asian Games, I was very happy”, said the 21-year-old student. “It’s always a good thing to represent Singapore at the major games, and it’s my first Asian Games so I am super excited. I felt that I could have done better but at the same time I am also satisfied. My time in the breaststroke was right after my individual medley, so I was a little bit exhausted, but that also shows me that I can go a lot faster than the 2:13.”
He added, “I think my mind was in the right place and I was relaxed. I came into this meet thinking I will just do my best. I have been training so hard and I will just accept the outcome because when you train so hard and when you race it will show where you stand. If you do not do well, it shows that there is room for improvement, and if you do well, it shows that your training is working.”
Singapore Sports School Swimming Head Coach, Doug Djang, said, “That was probably one of the most impressive things I have seen from Max, in terms of doing a double, like a 200 IM in the first wave and then a 200m breast in the next wave, it was something that we talked about, and he really accepted the challenge, and he was excellent in his execution in racing.”
“To go out there and do a personal best in the 200 IM and then 45 minutes later, get an ‘A’ cut, it was probably the best and smartest 200m breaststroke I have ever seen him swim and it was wonderful to see”, added Doug, who has coached Max since 2020.
Quah Ting Wen, who had already qualified on Day 1 of the meet, added the 50m Butterfly to her schedule in Hangzhou when she clocked a time of 26.71s to win the final, and beat the Asian Games “A” mark of 26.73s. Her time was also good enough to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.
She said, “I am pleased. I am glad that I have one more event with an ‘A’ cut moving forward. This morning’s swim felt very safe. It was good, I had 21 strokes into the wall, and it was like a perfect finish. I was just a bit flat off the start. Tonight, I liked how I swam it better, a lot more powerful, a bit long at the finish, which I did not like and that is something I can work on leading up to SEA Games.”
Day 5 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier will see the Men’s 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle and the Women’s 50m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley and 1500m Freestyle.
Full results from Day 4 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier can be found on www.libertyinsurance.com.sg/libertysnag52.
The Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier is open to up to 200 fully vaccinated spectators, and live streamed on www.libertyinsurance.com.sg/libertysnag52