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Swimmers ready to make a splash at Ashgabat 2017

22 September, 2017 (08:58)
Tags: China, Swimming, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Hong Kong

The Short Course Swimming events at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will provide nations big and small with a great platform to showcase their talent over four days of competition.

With 26 athletes, Hong Kong, China will be the largest team at the Aquatics Centre. China, with 22, and Turkmenistan, with 18, have the next largest squads.

Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen is one to watch out for in the women's disciplines. The 21-year-old prodigy amassed eight gold medals at each of the 2017 and 2015 South East Asian Games. She also won a gold and three bronzes at last year’s Asian Championships.

China’s Sun Meichen, who claimed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay gold at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, and Lao Lihui are also likely medal contenders, as are the Hong Kong, China trio of Sze Hang Yu, Stephanie Hoi Shun Au and Yvette Man-Yi Kong.

Sze was a triple gold medallist at both the 2007 and 2009 Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts Games while Kong, who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, claimed five gold medals during the 2009 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Au took three titles at the 2007 edition.

Among the men, Thailand's Radomyos Matjiur holds multiple national records, and should be in the mix for a podium place. The 29-year-old has plenty of top-level competition experience.

Turkmen Swimmers will also look to make a splash in the pool. Merdan Atayew was the country’s flag bearer at the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, and will spearhead the campaign.

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