Glen lowers his very own 400m unfastened report
But that is now an aspect of the past, as a calmer, more managed Glen yesterday set a countrywide report of 3min fifty-two.64sec inside the 400m freestyle – his 2nd in as many activities – at the Liberty Insurance fiftieth Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships. The 17-year-vintage, representing AquaTech Swimming, completed 2nd inside the grand final behind Indonesian Aflah Fadlan Prawira (three:52.Sixteen), and crowned the guys’ 15-17 age category. Glen also set a national record inside the 800m freestyle on Tuesday. At the OCBC Aquatic Centre, the Raffles Institution scholar-led earlier than being overtaken on the 300m mark. He then reclaimed the lead with 50m to go, but Aflah ultimately touched home first.
Though dissatisfied, Glen said: “I can not whinge because I gave it my all. “It changed into an excellent swim due to the fact I did the whole thing in accordance to devise. I changed into just pushing thru (and) seeking to hit my goal (of going under three:53).” His previous file of three: fifty-four.12 become set final June and his time the day past meets the A-reduce time for the SEA Games in November and the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships in August. He has also met the B-cut instances for the World Championships in July and subsequent year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Cheah, who has coached him for the beyond 1½ years, stated the manner Glen has learned to deal with his nerves has shown how he has grown as a swimmer. Recalling how Glen becomes “freaking out and getting anxious” at ultimate year’s occasion, the assistant National Training Centre coach said: “Last year, Glen coped with strain via thinking an excessive amount of about the final results… “The second you begin considering the quit purpose, you forget about-about the tactics that get you to the give up purpose. “We saved specializing in the one’s procedures (over the last 12 months).”
They also spent beyond 1½ months working with a bungee cord to better become aware of Glen’s deficits and improve his stroke approach, which Cheah feels is a crucial cause for the youngster’s improvement. Cheah delivered: “Glen copes with the strain the satisfactory while he’s extraordinarily confident with himself and together with his strokes. He has used this self-belief of understanding precisely wherein his body is to cope with that strain.” On how he learned to deal with pre-race pressure, Glen stated: “(I) permit it’s, and let it slide. There obviously may be stress, but I simply had to include it, I could not do whatever else.” Cheah believes Glen’s intellectual electricity is a weapon that may be harnessed to take the swimmer to the next degree, as his versatility as a freestyle swimmer has opened lots of alternatives inside the activities he’ll focus on.
Explaining that Glen is usually a 1,500m swimmer who is exceptionally talented at coming back strongly within the second half of-of races, which makes him an excellent 400m swimmer too, Cheah said: “He has a superb two hundred loose as properly… “We’ll be very excited to peer how he processes that (the following day), with what he has completed inside the 800m and 400m.” Get The New Paper for your smartphone with the free TNP app. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now