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Ming Ho CHEUK
Sport Swimming
NOC Hong Kong, China   
GenderMen
Born18 May 2002
Height1.72 m
Weight 65 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hong Kong, China
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age three. He started to train seriously during his fourth year at primary school.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. (paper.wenweipo.com, 22 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He had a knee injury in 2018. (yp.scmp.com, 30 Oct 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I love listening to upbeat songs [before a competition]. A lot of the time, listening to those songs pumps me up and help me set new personal bests." (yp.scmp.com, 02 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Of course training is hard, but in order to be a great athlete, you have to get through it." (k.sina.com.cn, 22 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the Best Male Swimmer of 2019 by the Hong Kong Swimming Coaches Association. (today.line.me, 04 Jan 2020)

He was named 2018 Outstanding Youth Athlete by the Sports for Hope Foundation. (hksi.org.hk, 14 Mar 2019)

He received 2018 Most Improved Award from the Hong Kong Swimming Coaches Association. (sportsroad.hk, 06 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (hk.appledaily.com, 09 Feb 2020)
Other information
HEART SCARE
In December 2018 he had to suspend his training due to a medical screening that indicated he had heart problems. He was cleared to resume training a few days later after further examination. "I did suffer myocarditis [inflammation of the heart muscle] a couple of years ago, but have fully recovered. But it seemed to be more serious this time as I had to stop everything. Suddenly a lot of question marks came up in my mind. If I could not swim again, what could I do? Could I just pick up a sport like chess, which involves little physical activity? All these efforts over the years would go up in smoke if I couldn't swim again. The cardiologist said the phenomenon may have been caused by the extensive aerobic training over the years and did not find any problem with my heart. I had prepared for the worst and it was a big relief." (scmp.com, 15 Jan 2020)

BALANCING SPORT AND STUDY
He tries to balance swimming and academic work. "If you're studying, make sure you're working hard. If you're swimming, just swim and don't think about anything else. And when you're resting, make sure you're really resting and are fully relaxed." (yp.scmp.com, 02 Sep 2018)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:15.22
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 16:03.96
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:55.05
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:52.34
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:20.46
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:48.82
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
72 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 1500m Freestyle 15:01.80
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.18
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.30
8 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 1500m Freestyle 16:13.30
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 400m Freestyle 3:55.13
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 1500m Freestyle 15:38.76
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 800m Freestyle 8:07.76
8 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  DSQ