HONG KONG LC SWIMMING TIME TRIAL IV
- Sunday, June 20th
- Hong Kong Sports Institute
- Held behind closed doors; Olympic qualifier
- LCM (50m)
Racing by himself today at the Hong Kong LC Swimming Time Trial IV, 24-year-old Ian Ho became the first man from his nation to ever get under the 22-second threshold in the 50m freestyle.
After posting a heats swim of 22.03, already a personal best, the former Virginian Tech student-athlete ripped a big-time 21.97 to further establish himself as the king of sprint free in Hong Kong.
Entering this meet, Ho held the HK national standard at the 22.09 he logged in just May of this year. That painstakingly missed the FINA ‘A’ cut of 22.01 needed to qualify for the Olympic Games next month in Tokyo, Japan.
Flash forward to tonight, however, and the Michigan pro group ace got the job done with the first sub-22 second result of his career.
Ho is now just the 6th Asian man ever to break the 22-second barrier in this 50m free event.
All-Time Top Asian Male LCM 50 Freestyle Performers
- Shinri Shioura (JPN) – 21.67, 2019
- Yu Hexin (CHN) – 21.79, 2020
- Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) – 21.87, 2018
- Ning Zetao (CHN) – 21.91, 2013
- Kosuke Matsui (JPN) – 21.93, 2019
- Ian Ho (HKG) – 21.97, 2021