Dec 22, 2008

Swimmer Khoo Cai Lin Shattered Three National Records


She trained for an average of five hours a day. Her strategy was ate healthily, not too oily or fatty foods. The youngest of three girls, Khoo said swimming was in their blood, but she was the only one who followed through and took it up seriously. When she was 13, she started winning competitions and that has driven me until today.

Her place in national sporting history was sealed when she won the 400m freestyle at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil recently in Asean University Games. Khoo won gold in the 100m 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle and other several events. In total, she broke six meet records and three national records.

National swimmer Khoo Cai Lin could not have asked for a better gift for her 20th birthday. With great ease and elegance, the young athlete swam her way to three gold medals at the 14th Asean University Games (AUG). But, more significantly, she smashed the 400m freestyle national record held by Nurul Huda Abdullah for 20 years. She could not have asked for more for her birthday. How many young people get to experience this? She is going to celebrate her birthday on Christmas Day.

Malaysia succeeded in mission to become overall champions for the first time in the Asean University Games, which ended yesterday. Definitely we need more athletes like Khoo to make us proud and lead Malaysia to shine in the major sports games such as SEA Games, Asia Games and Olympics. Congratulation to all Malaysian athletes! Read here and here.

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