Hong Kong and HKSPA mourn death of swimmer Kenneth To

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Kenneth King Him To (7 July 1992 – 18 March 2019) was a Hong Kong Australian swimmer who practiced individual medley, freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke. He won 6 medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, was the male overall winner of the 2012 FINA Swimming World Cup and was a World Championships silver medalist. He was the holder of 16 Hong Kong national swimming records.

On 18 March 2019, To began to feel unwell in the locker room after a practice session in Florida, and was taken to a hospital, where he died. In a statement, Hong Kong Sports Institute described the 26-year-old as an exceptional person who was well loved by his teammates and competitors, and said his sudden passing is a huge loss to local sports. The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, expressed sadness over To’s death, saying he is the Hong Kong record holder of various swimming events, and won glory for the SAR in many international events.

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