Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Star : Kevin clocks personal best in 1,500m freestyle race

BY STARSPORTS TEAM

INCHEON: When you’re up against Chinese swimming giant Sun Yang, you’re almost fighting a losing battle. But Kevin Yeap used the two-time Olympic champion as inspiration to clock a personal best time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre on Friday.

The Ipoh-born Kevin finished sixth in the evening’s faster heat (considered the final) in 15:31.67, beating his own best mark of 15:32.51 achieved at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil two years ago.

The 1.98m Sun Yang romped to victory in 14:49.75 to complete a double sweep of the middle and long distance titles. Earlier, the Chinese superstar had won the 400m freestyle on Tuesday.

Kohei Yamamoto of Japan took the silver in 14:54.86 while Wang Kecheng of China clocked 15:06.73 to grab the bronze.

South Korean Park Tae-hwan could only finish fourth in 15:12.15.

In the women’s 50m freestyle, Chui Lai Kwan was placed 12th overall after clocking 26.39 in her heat in the morning.

Vietnamese sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien ended her Asiad debut on a high.

The 17-year-old clocked 2:12.25 in the 200m backstroke to grab the bronze behind Akase Sayaka of Japan (2:10.31) and Chen Jie of China (2:10.53).

On Tuesday, Anh Vien came out third in the 400m individual medley.


Friday, 26 September 2014

The Star : Cai Lin dethroned as South East Asia's best

INCHEON: Khoo Cai Lin lost her status as South-East Asia’s fastest long distance female swimmer after placing seventh in the 800m freestyle event at the Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.



Cai Lin, last year’s Myanmar SEA Games champion, could only manage to clock 8:53.51. Sarisa Suwannachet of Thailand took over the mantle by clocking 8:43.00 to finish fifth.

In the men’s 100m freestyle, 17-year-old Alywn Tan clocked 51.47 to be placed 15th overall.

Kevin Yeap and Welson Sim will compete in the 1,500m freestyle today, the last day of the swimming competition.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore, meanwhile, continued to be the pride of South-East Asia as he splashed to a silver in the men’s 50m butterfly yesterday. He clocked 23.70.

It was the third medal in Incheon for the 19-year-old, who is based in the United States.

He stormed to the gold in the 100m butterfly on Wednesday. Earlier, he took the bronze in the 200m butterfly.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Star : Kevin clocks season’s best time in 400m final

BY STARSPORTS TEAM

INCHEON: The presence of swimming superstars Sun Yang of China and South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan inspired Malaysian Kevin Yeap to a season’s best time in the men’s 400m freestyle final at Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatic Centre.

The 24-year-old Kevin clocked 3:55.52 for seventh placing ahead of compatriot Vernon Lee, who posted 3:57.29 to finish last in the eight-man final.

Kevin achieved his goal of reaching the final after posting 3:56.85 in the morning heat. Vernon, 18, joined his senior in reaching the final after clocking 3:58.29.

Two-time Olympic champion Sun Yang redeemed his 200m freestyle defeat to Kosuke Hagino of Japan on Sunday by touching home first in 3:43.23 on Tuesday.

Kosuke, who also won the 200m individual medley on Monday, grabbed the silver in 3:44.48. Tae-hwan, South Korea’s sole Olympic champion in swimming, settled for the bronze in 3:48.33.

In the men’s 50m freestyle, Malaysian youngster Alwyn Tan was placed 15th overall after clocking 23.55 in the heat.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

IBSC memecah 24 rekod di Pertandingan Renang ke-3 Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint 2014


IBSC telah menyertai Pertandingan Renang ke-3 Selangor Arena Short Course Sprint 2014 buat julung-julung kalinya pada 12hb -14hb September, 2014 yang lalu. Sebagai kelab jemputan, IBSC bertanding di bawah bahagian Negeri (State Division). Walaupun hanya menghantar 41 perenang sahaja, IBSC telah berjaya menduduki tempat ke-2 dalam gabungan mata keseluruhan bahagian Negeri. 
Apa yang disegani adalah perenang IBSC berjaya menjadi pemecah rekod terbanyak di pertandingan tersebut dengan memperbaharui 22 rekod individu and 2 rekod saringan berganti-ganti. Walaupun dengan sekatan bilangan perenang, IBSC dapat mengumpul 1,031 mata di belakang Pade Supersharkz dengan 1,301 mata.

Persembahan yang bertenaga oleh IBSC juga telah meletakkan beberapa perenang IBSC sebagai Perenang-Perenang Terbaik (Most Valuable Swimmers) bagi kategori umur masing-masing.

Pertandingan tersebut memberikan satu platfom baru buat perenang IBSC kerana diadakan di kolam 25m tidak seperti kebanyakan kejohanan-kejohanan renang yang lain di mana ianya diadakan di kolam 50m. Pengalaman baru ini tidak menghalang IBSC untuk memberikan persembahan terbaik. IBSC menunjukkan semangat berpasukan yang tinggi dan ini terbukti dengan 6 emas, 10 perak and 3 gangsa dari acara berganti-ganti. Terdapat 28 acara berganti-ganti dan IBSC telah mengambil bahagian dalam 21 acara.
Perenang IBSC menggunakan sepenuh peluang untuk mencatatkan masa terbaik mereka serta menyumbang mata berharga untuk pasukan. Pengalaman paling berharga telah dirumuskan oleh Coach Shazali dengan mudah sekali;
“It’s all in the turn”,
iaitu merujuk kepada betapa pentingnya fasa tersebut untuk memastikan catatan masa terbaik di kejohanan renang di kolam 25m. 


Kolam 50m disingkatkan ke 25m untuk pertandingan Short Course Sprint 

Berikut adalah ringkasan pemenang-pemenang pingat IBSC:
Perenang IBSC
Bil. Markah
Rekod Baru
Emas
Perak
Gangsa
Yeong Zhen Yi
92
6
9

1
Sebastian Soon
71
5
6
1
1
Tan Rou Ying
60
2
3
4

Goh Yue Hong
52
1
1
4

Iqmal Muqhis b. Faizal
51
2
3
3

Ian James Barr
50

2
4

Ashley Ting Xi Rui
50


2
3
Sharizan bin Shazali
41

2


Steve Khiew Hoe Yean
41
1
1

2
Keith Lim Kit Sern
40
2
2
2

Howard Sim Chern How
39



1
Desmond Ng Yi Hao
36
2
2
1
1
Yap Li Wen
36


1
3
Nicholas Soon
35
1
2
1
1
Ng Kai Wen
35



1
Kimberly Ong Zhu Ling
31


2
2
Brandon Chin Jiah Wuei
29



1
Tan Ei Siang
26



1
Adam Afif bin Faizal
18


1
1
Chong Yong Qi
17



1
Rohan Lee Zhi Hoong
13



2
Jason Ng Yew Soon
13



2


Yeong Zhen Yi (10), perenang perempuan terbaik kategori 10 tahun ke bawah dengan pungutan 9 emas and 1 gangsa, menerima hadiah wang tunai dari En. Favian Ong, 

IBSC ingin merakamkan ucapan terima-kasih yang tidak terhingga kepada sukarelawan, ibu-bapa, Coach Shazali, Coach Kamar dan tidak lupa juga semua perenang IBSC, yang kerana sumbangan mereka, dapatlah kita meyertai pertandingan ini dengan jayanya. Ucapan penghargaan juga ditujukan kepada PRAS kerana sudi menjemput kelab kami ke pertandingan tersebut.
Untuk keputusan penuh, sila muat-turun dari sini.
Laporan oleh Pengurus Pasukan IBSC,
Masron Mohamad
Ian James Barr memenangi 2 emas dan 4 perak
Perenang perempuan Kumpulan 3 sedang beratur menunggu giliran mereka 
Muqhis memecah rekod 50m gaya bebas dengan masa baru 26.03s
Pemenang-pemenang keseluruhan lelaki dari IBSC, dari kiri, Keith Lim, Sebastian Soon, Iqmal Muqhis dan Goh Yue Hong
Lelaki Kumpulan 1 sedang beraksi dengan gaya lentang
Pemenang keseluruhan lelaki Kumpulan 3
Pemenang keseluruhan perempuan Kumpulan 2


Lihat lebih foto di Galeri IBSC.




The Star : No joy for Lai Kwan in the pool

INCHEON: Chui Lai Kwan failed to sparkle for Malaysia in the women’s 100m freestyle heat at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.

The former SEA Games gold medallist clocked a poor 58.78 to finish 15th overall.

Lai Kwan clocked her season’s best of 57.60 in finishing 11th at last month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Sabah-born has another chance to make amends when she competes in the 50m freestyle on Friday.

Lai Kwan trained on her own after quitting the national team two years ago, but she managed to qualify on merit for the Asiad.

On Tuesday, Kevin Yeap and Vernon Lee will compete in the men’s 400m freestyle while Alwyn Tan will make his Asiad bow in the men’s 50m freestyle.

Read The Star Sports


Monday, 22 September 2014

The Star : Sixth is Cai Lin’s best in the pool

BY STARSPORTS TEAM


INCHEON: Khoo Cai Lin put up a creditable performance as the swimming competition got under way at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.

The 25-year-old swam her season’s best time of 4:18.07 in her 400m freestyle heat in the morning to squeeze into the final as the eighth fastest qualifier.

Cai Lin, who won the 800m freestyle title at the SEA Games in Myanmar last year, was just ahead of Lynette Lim of Singapore (4:19.68).

And in the night’s final, Cai Lin clocked 4:18.13 to finish sixth.

Cai Lin thus repeated her achievement in her Asian Games debut in Guangzhou four years ago where she made the final and finished fifth in 4:18.71.

Welson Sim, the other Malaysian representative on Sunday, enjoyed the company of Japanese Kosuke Hagino, the 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist, in the 200m freestyle heat.

But Welson didn’t make any headway. He clocked 1:52.47 to be placed 12th overall.

Hagino won the heat in 1:48.99 and went on to claim the gold in 1:45.23. Favourites Sun Yang of China was second in 1:45.28 while South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan grabbed the bronze in 1:45.85.


See Star Online 


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

33rd President Cup 2014


Please note that the 33rd National Inter-Club Swimming Championship 2014 for the President Cup will be held as follows :-

Venue : Bukit Jalil Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Dates : 28 - 30 November, 2014 (Fri - Sun)
Time : Starts at 8:00 am. each day
Date of Reckoning : 1 January, 2014
Rules : FINA Rules apply
Organiser : Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur (PRAKL)
Closing Date : 3 November, 2014 @ 4:00 pm.

The Quatifying Times set are tabulated below.


Order of Events :

Group
(Boys and Girls)
Day
Events
Distance
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
1
Butterfly
Breaststroke
Backstroke
50m
100m
50m
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
2
Butterfly
Breaststroke
Freestyle
100m
50m
100m
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
3
Backstroke
Freestyle
100m
50m
Mixed 
3
Freestyle relay
4x100m


Please download the Info Package on President Cup 2014.

For your reference, you can view last year's results for the President Cup 2013.



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Star : School won’t release swimmer Ching Hwang for Asiad

BY TAN MING WAI

National swimmer Lim Ching Hwang has not been released by his school Ohio State University, to compete at the Incheon Asian Games beginning Sept 19. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: It was a dream come true for swimmer Lim Ching Hwang when he began the first day of his first year at the Ohio State University (OSU) on Aug 27.

But that joy soon turned sour when the 18-year-old was told by OSU swimming head coach Bill Wadley that he would not be released for the Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.

Asian Youth Games champion Ching Hwang is slated to compete in several individual freestyle events as well as anchoring the national quartet in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay races.

Ching Hwang, who flew directly to the United States from Nanjing after the Youth Olympic Games on Aug 24, confirmed that he will not be making his Asiad debut.

Malaysia will now withdraw from the two relay events. As such, two swimmers – Alwyn Tan and Vernon Lee – can forget about their Incheon trip because they did not qualify for any individual events.

“Yes, I won’t be going to the Asian Games,” said Ching Hwang from the US.

“It was a hard decision to make ... as it affects my other team-mates – Vernon and Alwyn. I want to apologise to them.

“The head coach has insisted that I stay because I’ve just enrolled and the first semester will be very challenging.

“I understand why the varsity didn’t want to release me. It’s for my own good.

“I only arrived two weeks ago ... it’s important for me to settle down and get used to the routine here first as everything is still new to me.

“I will go back next time. I will never say no to representing Malaysia.”

Ching Hwang is pursuing an economics degree, which will take four to five years to complete.


Friday, 5 September 2014

Team Briefing for 3rd Sel Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2014



Dear IBSC swimmers,

Please be informed there is a Team Briefing for IBSC swimmers who are registered for the 3rd Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2014 which is scheduled on 12-14 September, 2014 as follows :-

Date : 9 Sept, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time : 9:00 pm.
Venue : Cheras swimming pool

Swimmers are encouraged to attend the briefing especially those who have not done a short course sprint competition before. School leave letters and your PBs in converted short course time will be distributed during the meeting.

Thank you.

Regards,
Masron Mohamad
Team Manager

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Star : Asum in Ching Hwang dilemma

BY LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia may be forced to withdraw from the men’s freestyle relay swimming events at the Incheon Asian Games.

Lim Ching Hwang is currently in Colorado to pursue his higher education studies. - filepic

It’ll all depend on the availability of Asian Youth Games 200m freestyle gold medallist Lim Ching Hwang.

The 18-year-old is in the United States to pursue his higher studies at a university in Colorado.

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) are trying to get the university to allow him to go for the Asiad.

If Ching Hwang is unable to make it, then Malaysia will have to withdraw from both the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay events.

“We have to get the permission from not only his university coach but also the head of academic studies,” said Asum secretary Edwin Chong.

“We are still negotiating. But if he can’t go, we’ll have to make changes.”

Asum decided to send only five male and two female swimmers to the Asian Games this time. Besides Ching Hwang, the other male swimmers entered are Kevin Yeap, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee and Alwyn Tan while Chui Lai Kwan and Khoo Cai Lin are the two women swimmers.

If Malaysia were to pull out, it will be loss – especially as the 4x200m quartet of Welson, Kevin, Ching Hwang and Vernon stand a good chance of making the final and even claim a top-five finish in Incheon.

The quartet have done well to improve on their national record five times over the past 12 months – including breaking the national record twice in a day en route to finishing seventh at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last month.

In Guangzhou four years ago, the quartet of Kevin, Foo Jian Beng, Daniel Bego and Kevin Lim managed to finish sixth.

If Malaysia were to withdraw from the two relay events, then Alwyn and Vernon may not get to go to Incheon as they did not qualify for any individual event.


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