Freida Lim qualifies for the Olympics, becomes Singapore’s first female diver at the Games


SINGAPORE: Freida Lim made history by becoming the first Singaporean diver to qualify for the Olympics.

Lim’s qualification was announced Tuesday, June 22, by the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) in a Facebook post.

The 23-year-old finished 11th in the women’s 10m platform preliminary competition at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo last month. Advancing to the semi-finals, she finished 15th with a score of 272.35.

According to FINA, the international sports governing body, a total of 68 Olympic places for women divers are available – 32 in the synchronized events and 36 in the two individual events.

Up to 18 athletes at the FINA Diving World Cup – the top 18 in each event – could have earned a spot at the Olympics.

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Lim was awaiting confirmation from FINA on his participation in the Tokyo Games.

She will join her compatriot Jonathan Chan, who reserved her place in 2019. She is now only the second diver in Singapore’s history to qualify for the Olympics.

The Tokyo Olympics, which were originally scheduled to start in July last year, have been postponed to March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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