Open Water Swimmer Chantal Liew could reverse retirement plan: Team Singapore at Tokyo 2020 [Day 12]

Liew completes Singapore's Olympic Open Water Marathon Swimming bow, diving debutant Freida Lim misses out on semis

Image credit: Kong Chong Yew, SNOC

4 August 2021, Tokyo, Japan - She made it clear that her debut open water swim at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would also be her last.

But having enjoyed it thoroughly today, clocking a time of 2hrs 8min 17.9sec to finish 23rd out of a field of 25 swimmers, Chantal Liew is having second thoughts on retirement, saying instead: "I’m definitely thinking about that but… I think I need a long break, sit on it for a while before I make a final decision.”

Image credit: Kong Chong Yew, SNOC

The 22 year-old, who is a rookie to Open Water swimming, has had to sacrifice much and do it all together with her coach Marcus Cheah in navigating her journey towards Olympic qualification, dropping some of her university modules and training in hot and humid conditions up to four times a week in the lead up to the Games.

But she has no regrets as she "absolutely loves what she does". She told the Singapore media, "Sometimes your best is not good enough, sometimes it is… but you live and you learn, and at the end of the day, I love what I do… and no one can take that away from us.”

Image credit: Kong Chong Yew, SNOC


In diving news, Singapore's Freida Lim made her Olympic bow in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary round this afternoon.

Her score of 215.90 points means she finished 30th and did not advance to the Semi-Finals.

Image credit: Kong Chong Yew, SNOC

Lim made history this year when she became the first Singaporean female diver to qualify for an Olympics when she finished eleventh in the 10m women's platform qualifyiers of the FINA Diving World Cup, which was also held in Tokyo.

Her teammate and fellow diver Jonathan Chan, who also holds the title of the first Singaporean diver to qualify for an Olympics, will be competing this Friday.

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