Diver Freida Lim meets Olympic qualifying criteria, vying for place at the Games

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SINGAPORE: Diver Freida Lim on Tuesday May 4 took another step towards Olympic qualification after finishing 11th in the women’s 10m platform preliminary competition at the FINA Diving World Cup at Tokyo, Japan.

Lim could become the first Singaporean diver to make the Cup for the Games, and only the second diver in Singapore history to do so after Jonathan Chan booked her spot in 2019.

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

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Up to 18 athletes at the FINA Diving World Cup – the top 18 from each event – could potentially earn a spot at the Olympics.

Lim’s participation in the Tokyo Games is subject to confirmation by FINA in June.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old finished with a total of 289.6 after five dives in the preliminary part of the event. This means that she has also qualified for the 18 semi-finals of the event which are scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

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Seven of Singapore’s divers are currently competing in Japan.

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Chan and Max Lee finished 15th in the men’s 10m synchronized event on Saturday, and Chan placed 24th in the men’s 10m platform. In the women’s 3m springboard event on Monday, Fong Kay Yian finished 39th while her compatriot Ashlee Tan was 48th.

The FINA meet is the final opportunity for divers from Singapore to qualify for the Olympics ahead of the Games kick off on July 23.

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

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story, based on information provided by the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA), said Lim qualified for the Olympics. The SSA later clarified that while Lim had met the qualifying criteria, his place was still subject to confirmation by FINA.

Catch Team Singapore divers and all the action from the 2021 FINA World Cup live on meWATCH at this link.

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