Singapore NOC awaits FINA confirmation on diver’s Olympic qualification

Freida Lim is pictured with the already qualified Jonathan Chan. © SNOC/Adrian Seetho
Freida Lim is pictured with the already qualified Jonathan Chan. © SNOC/Adrian Seetho

Singapore, May 4, 2021: The Singapore National Olympic Council is awaiting official confirmation from world aquatics governing body FINA over the Tokyo 2020 qualification status of platform diver Freida Lim.

The United States-based athlete finished 11th in the preliminary round of the FINA Diving World Cup women’s 10m platform competition in Tokyo on Tuesday. This booked her a place in the semi-finals field of 18 athletes on Wednesday – and the top 18 divers in each individual event are in line to qualify for the Olympics.

Now the Singapore NOC must wait for official confirmation from FINA in June before adding Lim to the Tokyo-bound team along with fellow diver Jonathan Chan, who became the first diver from Singapore to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2019. Freida would become the first female diver from Singapore to add to the prestige.

“Our heartiest congratulations to Freida Lim for meeting the qualifying criteria for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” Singapore NOC said in a Facebook post.

“This is the first time Singapore divers will represent the Republic at the Olympic Games.”

The post added: “Freida's spot in Tokyo will be subject to FINA's confirmation.”

According to FINA, a total of 68 spots for female divers are up for grabs in the May 1-6 Diving World Cup in Tokyo - 32 in the synchronised events and 36 for the two individual events – 10m platform and 3m springboard.

On Tuesday, Lim finished with a total of 289.60 points from five dives to book her place in Wednesday’s semi-finals of the women’s 10m platform. 

Source: Channel News Asia