Courtesy of David Tay, East Coast Park, Singapore.

The second edition of the Liberty Wave Open Water Swim in Singapore was even bigger and better than the inaugural event. It was not surprising due to all the hard work put into the event by the volunteers and officials on behalf of nearly 700 swimmers at East Coast Park on July 22nd.

The race distances include a 300m kids race, a 380m novelty race, a 1 km, 2.8 km and 5 km elite race.

Bill Thorley, visiting from Hong Kong, won the men’s 5 km race in 1:04:27.5, ahead of Singapore national team swimmer Erasmus Ang (1:05:57.4) and former Malaysian national team swimmer Vernon Lee (1:06:05.6).

On the women’s side, Chantal Liew defending her title winning the women’s title in 1:14:33.4. Chin Khar Yi was second in 1:16:23.5 while Merle Talviste finished third in 1:24:14.6.

Olympian Joscelin Yeo, Singapore Swimming Association’s vice president, said, “It has been 10 years since I last swam in the open water, and it was a fun and exciting experience today. I enjoyed myself very much. Thank you to Liberty Insurance for organising such a wonderful event.”

Liberty Insurance CEO Chang Sucheng said, “As an island, Singapore has an amazing coast line, and the race proved again that open water swimming is a great activity that brings people together and gets them closer to nature and the sea. Liberty Insurance is honored to be the organizer and we hope to build on this in the years to come.”

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