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Alex Lim
Personal information
Full name Alex Lim Keng Liat
Nationality  Malaysia
Born (1980-08-29) 29 August 1980 (age 36)
Sandakan, Sabah
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 139 lb (63 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke

Alex Lim Keng Liat (born 29 August 1980) is a retired Malaysian swimmer. He was born in Sandakan, Sabah. He was awarded the National Sportsman of the Year and Olympian of the Year in 1998. In 2009, he was inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia(OCM) Hall of Fame.[1][2]

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CareerEdit

Alex Lim first appeared in Southeast Asia Games at the age of 15 in 1995. At the 1998 Asian Games, he won Malaysia's first swimming gold medal in 100m backstroke as well as breaking the games record. He was the only Malaysian swimmer to date who clinched a swimming medal in Commonwealth Games. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, he won the silver medal in 50m backstroke where his time was just 0.02 seconds behind the former Australian world champion, Matt Welsh.[3]He also won the bronze medal in 100m backstroke.[4]

He qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, and 2004 Summer Olympics.[5] In the 2004 Summer Olympics, he became the first and only Malaysian to qualify for the semi-finals in swimming at Olympics. He was also the first and only Malaysian to enter the final in the 100m backstroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships Barcelona, Spain.[2]

AwardsEdit

  • 1998 Malaysian Sportman of the Year
  • 1998 Malaysian Olympian of the Year
  • OCM Hall of Fame

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Honour for Olympic swimmer Lim". Olympic Council of Asia. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "OCM Hall of Fame - Alex Lim". Olympic Council of Malaysia. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Swimming - Men's 50m Backstroke Final, 2002 Commonwealth Games". Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Swimming - Men's 100m Backstroke Final, 2002 Commonwealth Games". Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Olympics Swimmer - Alex Lim". sports-reference. Retrieved 9 June 2012.