Anthony Ang breaks national record in Sydney
SYDNEY Sept 18 - Anthony Ang swam a well-calculated race today to break the national record in the men's 200m butterfly but still failed to qualify for the Olympic Games semifinals here.
He clocked 2:00.12s in Heat Two to slash more than two seconds off Lim Keng Liat's record of 2:02.35s set at the Brunei SEA Games last year.
The 22-year-old Ang, a student of Minnesota University in the United States, won the heat but his time placed him only in 22nd spot overall.
He is the second Malaysian to break a national record here after Allen Ong in the men's 200m freestyle yesterday.
"It's a good race for me, and I am happy with the results," he said.
"Winning a place in the semifinals would have been a greater achievement but the field in the Olympics is always tough," said Ang, who has also entered for the 100m butterfly and 4x100m medley relay.
Malaysia's only other swimmer in action today was Sia Wai Yen, who clocked 2:23.31s to finish in 31st position among 36 swimmers in the women's 200m individual medley heats.
The time was way off the national record of 2:20.64s which the 16-year-old Wai Yen set at the SEA Games last year. - Bernama