2020 OLYMPIC MARATHON SWIMMING EVENT
Yesterday saw a historic result in the women’s 2020 Olympic Marathon Swimming Event, with Great Britain’s Alice Dearing becoming her nation’s first-ever black female Olympic swimmer. You can read more about Dearing’s feat here.
But another swimmer did her nation proud as well, with Chantal Liew becoming the first Singaporean Open Water swimmer ever to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Although Liew finished 29th in the 10k race in Setubal, Portugal, the 22-year-old was selected as part of the continental quota. She was the highest Asian finisher behind two Japanese swimmers of Yumi Kida (12th) and Minami Niikura (19th). However, Japan already nabbed an open water spot by way of simply hosting the Olympic Games As such, Liew earned the Asian continental quota slot.
After the race, Liew told The Straits Times, “Right now? To be honest, I feel awful. I feel like I’m about to vomit and I have a pounding headache. The shock of making the Olympics has passed, and I’m feeling the after effects of the race.”
She candidly continued,”This race (in Portugal) was always going to be very special for me, because if I didn’t make it, it would have been my last, and I would be retired now,” she said, choking up a little bit.
“I’m very relieved I’ve made it, but more than that, I feel grateful for this journey. And right now, I want to refocus, and make sure that in Tokyo, I will swim a race that I can be proud of.” (The Straits Times)