Anthony Ang

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Anthony Ang
Personal information
Full name Anthony Ang Kang Keam
Nationality  Malaysia
Born (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 35)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly
College team Florida State Seminoles, Minnesota Golden Gophers
(USA)
Coach Kelly Kremer (USA)

Anthony Ang Kang Keam (born 6 December 1978) is a retired Malaysian swimmer, who specialised in butterfly events.[1] He is a two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000), a double SEA Games titleholder in a butterfly double, a Bolles School graduate, and a member of Florida State University (1998-1999) and University of Minnesota (2000-2002) swimming and diving team while studying in the United States.[2]

Ang accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida for 2 seasons (1998 & 1999)[3] and later joined University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers under head coach Kelly Kremer.[4][5] In the year 2001 edition of Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, he came in first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.25) along with rewriting both the varsity and pool record.[6] [7] At the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, he powered home with top finishes, as the only Gopher, in the 100-yard butterfly (49.09) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.21).[8]

Ang made his official debut, as an 18-year-old, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He failed to reach the top 16 final in any of his individual events, finishing forty-fifth in the 100 m butterfly (56.41), and thirty-first in the 200 m butterfly (2:04.01).[9][10] He also placed twentieth, along with his Malaysian teammates Alex Lim Keng Liat, Elvin Chia, and Wan Azlan Abdullah, in the 4×100 m medley relay (3:56.24).[11]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Ang competed again in three swimming events, including a butterfly double. He achieved FINA B-standards of 56.47 (100 m butterfly) and 2:02.72 (200 m butterfly) from the Southeast Asian Games in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.[12][13][14] In his first event, 200 m butterfly, Ang posted a lifetime best of 2:00.12 to lead the second heat, but missed the semifinals by 0.71 of a second with a twenty-second place effort.[15][16] Three days later, in the 100 m butterfly, Ang placed thirty-sixth on the morning prelims. He established a Malaysian record of 55.26 to blister the field with another top finish in heat one.[17][18] Ang also teamed up with Chia, Lim, and newcomer Allen Ong in the 4×100 m medley relay. Swimming a butterfly leg in heat one, Ang recorded a split of 55.70, but the Malaysians settled only for last place and twenty-second overall in a final time of 3:48.32.[19]

When Malaysia hosted the 2001 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Ang came up with a spectacular swim to strike a butterfly double in front of a massive home crowd, capturing two gold medals each in the 100 m butterfly (55.40) and 200 m butterfly (2:01.84).[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Ang". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bolles in the Olympics". Bolles School. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "2013-14 Swimming and Diving Almanac" (PDF). Florida State Seminoles. p. 31. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "2008–2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers Swimming & Diving Review: Kelly Kremer" (PDF). Minnesota Golden Gophers. p. 5. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kelly Kremer Promoted to Head Coach of Aquatics at Minnesota". Swimming World Magazine. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "BIG TEN CHAMPIONS". www.gophersportsguides.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "MINNESOTA BLOWS AWAY COMPETITION IN BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS". www.gophersportsguides.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "NCAA Div. I Men: Iowa Falls to Minnesota". Swimming World Magazine. 22 January 2001. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Aquatics (Swimming) – Men's 100m Butterfly Heat 3" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 46. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Aquatics (Swimming) – Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 2" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 47. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Aquatics (Swimming) – Men's 4×100m Medley Relay Heat 1" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 52. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swimming – Men's 200m Butterfly Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Albert, diver Shenny take the honors in the pool". Jakarta: The Jakarta Post. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 216. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Malchow sets Olympic record in 200 fly". Canoe.ca. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Heat 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 206. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Results from the Summer Olympics – Swimming (100m Butterfly)". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 4×100m Medley Relay Heat 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 346. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Keng Liat set to deliver first gold for Malaysia in swimming". Utusan Malaysia. 9 September 2001. Retrieved 8 June 2013.