Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen misses out on spot in 200m butterfly semis at Tokyo Olympics

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SINGAPORE:Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen clocked a time of 1:56.42in the heats of the 200m butterfly at the Tokyo Aquatics Centreon Monday (Jul 26),missing out on a spot in thesemi-finals.

He finished 22nd out of 38 overall.

Quah finished second in his heat, which was won byNorway’sTomoe Zenimoto Hvas with a time of 1:56.30.

Speaking to reporters after his heat, Quah said he was “disappointed”.

“I think I’m probably going to be on the outside looking in again,” he said of missing out on the semi-finals.

“This is the fastest that I’ve gone … since the last Olympics … it’s been a little bit of a journey figuring out how to train and practise for this race,” Quah said.

“I wish things could’ve gone better but … that’s the beauty of sport, you never know what can happen.”

The top 16 in the heats progress to the semi-finals. The top finisher in the heats was Hungary’sKristof Milak, who clocked 1:53.58. The last semi-finalspot went toChad Le Clos of South Africa, who finished fifth in his heat in1:55.96.

Singapore’s national record for the 200m butterfly is 1:55.73, set by Joseph Schooling at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

The 200m butterfly is the second of Quah’s three events at the Tokyo Olympics. He narrowly missed out on progressing to the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke on Sunday.

He will compete in the 100m butterfly on Thursday.

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