Dive: After two months of waiting, Freida Lim of Singapore gets a nod for the Tokyo Olympics, Sport News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – After seven weeks of waiting, national diver Freida Lim finally received confirmation that she was heading to the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, when the Singapore Swimming Association announced her qualification on Tuesday. June 22.
The 23-year-old placed 15th in the women’s 10m platform semi-final at the Fina Diving World Cup in Tokyo on May 5, but was unsure if she had won her ticket to the Olympics, given some ambiguity in the guidelines of the world. governing body of the fina qualification system.
Within an hour of receiving the news, Lim told local media that she was relieved to finally receive official confirmation from Fina, but was quite confident that she would get the go-ahead as she felt her Cup ranking of the world was “strong enough”.
The uncertainty did not affect her training, she added, in part because about half of it was spent on her 21-day Home Stay Notice (SHN) upon return from the contingent. of World Cup divers.
âI really thought about it, because people kept asking me if I was going or not, so it definitely lasted,â she said. “But I don’t think it really affected my training, or affected me mentally.”
At the World Cup, Lim placed 15th out of a group of 18 with a score of 272.35 in five dives, and while that was not enough for her to advance to the 12 women’s final, after the calculations at the time, she seemed to have saved enough a place in Tokyo.
But question marks remained as Fina’s qualifying guidelines indicated that âup to 18â top-ranked World Cup athletes would each get a quota place for their country, with no final say on the number of players. final competitors in the Olympics.
Lim, who obtained a double degree in dietetics, culinary science and nutrition from the University of Georgia last month, will be Singapore’s first female diver at the Olympics.
She joins fellow pioneer and 10m platform diver Jonathan Chan, who was the first Singaporean in the sport to qualify for the Games when he did so in 2019.
National diving head coach Li Peng said yesterday his goal is for Lim and Chan to advance to the semi-finals of the Games.
“I know it’s very difficult, but we’ll do our best,” said Li, who previously coached the UK diving team and worked with two-time Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley.
While acknowledging her coach’s goal, however, Lim said she was just focusing on trying to repeat the level of performance she displayed at the World Cup.
“I’m not really fixed on a place or on the semi-finals, and if I can get closer to my best level, I’ll be very happy,” she said.
Singapore’s contingent for the Tokyo Olympics currently includes 21 athletes, including Lim, and a few more could be added to the roster before the Games qualifying window closes next Tuesday.