KENG LIAT TO GO All OUT FOR MEDAL
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Sept 98 (Bernama):
"It's not going to be easy in the final. But, definitely, I will go all out and with a little bit of luck I hope to get a bronze medal," he said at the National Aquatic Centre today.
The U.S.-trained Keng Liat, who attends the Bolles Swimming School in Florida, was second in his heat, clocking 2:02.29 to become the second fastest finisher overall. The 19-year-old Sabahan's heat time broke his own national record of 2:02.89s set in the United States in April this year.
"I'm quite surprised with the time. I didn't expect it at all. I wasn't under pressure," he said. "I guess the other qualifiers did not push themselves in the heats because there were only two heats. It's different altogether in the final," said the SEA Games silver medallist.
Keng Liat was the second Malaysian to qualify for an A final in the Commonwealth Games since 1966.
Last Saturday, his teammate Elvin Chia swam in the 100m breaststroke final and finished seventh.
Canadian swimmer Mark Versfeld, who registered the best time of 2:01.36 in the heats, is the favourite to win gold.
In the women's 400m freestyle, Malaysia's Teo Mui Nyee made it to the B final after swimming 4:33.97 in her heat while two other Malaysian swimmers - Chew Lee San and Allan Ong finished out of contention in their respective heats.