2022: Hoe Yean wants to excel in swimming and his studies

2022: Hoe Yean wants to excel in swimming and his studies

KUALA LUMPUR: After breaking his national and personal records in swimming, young national swimmer Khiew Hoe Yean wants to continue to excel in 2022 in sports and education.

In addition to training harder in the pool for several major tournaments in 2022, Hoe Yean, who will turn 20 in September, is also set to begin studies in a Bachelor of Computer Science degree at UCSI University.

Despite having to contend with lessons and pools at the same time, the national record holder of the 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle swimming events, intends to continue to break his record by further improving his time record, with participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics remaining a target. the main one.

“I will continue my hard work in the pool for better performance this year. I want to continue to improve my time record, to improve my own best time record.

“Paris 2024 is my main target because it is a world event that everyone knows and recognizes. So I hope to do my best in all the upcoming tournaments and will prepare myself for the challenge,” he told Bernama.

On the SEA, Asian and Commonwealth Games scheduled for this year, Hoe Yean, who won two silver medals at the recent US Open, hopes to give his best if he qualifies, despite facing many experienced swimmers from across the region.

“These sports are a big event. I will do my best and see what happens because many participants train just like me, and I will not underestimate anyone who competes in the sport,” he said.

Hoe Yean first gained attention after grabbing eight gold medals at the Malaysian Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships in March 2020, before becoming a continuation of his excellence during the 63rd Malaysian Open, June last year, despite being delayed several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He who swam alone broke the 23 -year -old 200m backstroke national record with a time of 2: 00.80s thus erasing the record of 2: 00.94 set by Alex Lim Keng Liat, and then broke the 800m freestyle record after clocking a time of 8: 06.00s to erase the record state Olympic swimmer Welson Sim records 8: 09.77s.

“I am happy with the results I recorded in 2021, because I have overcome the most difficult situation which is the PKP (Movement Control Order) which resulted in us not being able to go down to the pool. I would like to thank my coach Chris Martin, as well as family and friends I am the one who always supports me, “he added.

-BERNAMA

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