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Swimmer Carmen Lim breaks record

One of our Sixth Form students Carmen Lim represented her country, Malaysia, at the Commonwealth Games last week.

Para swimmer Carmen Lim smashed her Asean Para record in the women’s S8 50m freestyle. The one-armed swimmer clocked 35.95 in the heats to surpass her old mark of 36.48, set at last year’s Asean Para Games in KL.

However, the 18-year-old could not improve on her time in the final, clocking 36.85 to finish fifth. Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson won in 30.14, followed by Canada’s Morgan Bird (32.03) and Abigail Tripp (32.49).

“It is really great to surpass my Asean record, but unfortunately my timing in the final was not very good. I was scared as I could not breath properly during the final and decided to slow down. I was also nervous. This experience as taught me that I need to improve my stamina and also ways to control my emotions. I swam against the world’s top three ranked swimmers in this category, and it was a great experience. I am honoured to make my first games appearance and I intend to learn from the experience,” she said.

Carmen will head to Italy and England in May and June for World Series stops to prepare for the Asian Para Games later this year. “I will use both meets to improve my performance ahead of the Asian Para Games as I have qualified for it,” Carmen added.

Posted on: April 17, 2018