Blog Posts by Lin Wenjian

  • Tao Li's Olympic adventure has ended after she failed to reach the semi-final of the 100m backstroke (Getty)Tao Li's Olympic adventure has ended after she failed to reach the semi-final of the 100m backstroke (Getty)

    A day after she failed to advance to the final of the 100m butterfly, Singapore's Tao Li was back in the pool again, this time in the 100m backstroke event.

    Swimming in Lane 8, Tao clocked a personal best of 1:01.60 seconds to win Heat 2. But her time was not quick enough to win a place in the evening's semi-finals.

    Leading the pack of the best 16 female swimmers in the event is Australia's Emily Seebohm, who clocked an Olympic record of 58.23s.

    The result means Tao's Olympic adventure has ended. At the last Games in Beijing, she came in fifth in the final of the 100m butterfly.

    In the women's 400m freestyle event, Singapore's Lynette Lim failed to advance from her heat, after clocking 4:18.64s.

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  • Tao Li fails to make the top 8 in the 100m butterfly after finishing 10th out of 16 semi-finalists (Getty)Tao Li fails to make the top 8 in the 100m butterfly after finishing 10th out of 16 semi-finalists (Getty)

    Singapore's swimming star Tao Li failed to qualify for the women's 100m butterfly finals at the London Olympics on Saturday.

    The 22-year-old, who is the Republic's best medal prospect in the pool, only managed to clock 58.18 seconds in the first semi-final held at the London Olympic Park's Aquatics Centre.

    She finished fourth in her race, behind Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (57.27s), Chinese duo Lu Ying (57.51s) and Jiao Liuyang (58.04s).

    Despite managing to improve on the 58.34s timing she clocked during the morning heats, Tao's efforts placed her as the 10th fastest out of a field of 16 in the semi-finals. Only the top eight makes the final.

    America's Dana Vollmer continued her hot streak when she clocked the fastest qualifying time of 56.36s. Following behind were Australia's Alicia Coutts (56.85s) and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (57.25s).

    For Tao, her performance was a disappointment given that she had finished fifth in the same event at the last Games in Beijing four

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