|In form : Daniel Bego with his medals at the Malaysia Open Swimming Championship in Bukit Jalil.|
PETALING JAYA: Don’t ever rule out Daniel Bego – not when it comes to the SEA Games.
The Sarawakian, who ruled the pool at the Laos SEA Games in 2009 with a five-gold splash, showed that he is shaping up well for the regional multi-sport event with a commendable performance at the World University Games (Universiade), which ended in Kazan yesterday.
Daniel surpass the Myanmar SEA Games qualifying mark of 50.98 by clocking 50.86 en route to winning his 100m freestyle heat.
The Myanmar SEA Games qualifying mark is based on the silver medal time from the previous SEA Games in Indonesia two years ago and it was refreshing to see Daniel posting his season best in Kazan.
It was something Daniel least expected, after having two shoulder surgeries to correct a long-standing bone spur problem before the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games.
The recuperation period forced him to withdraw from the Indonesia SEA Games.
The 100m freestyle is the second event that Daniel has qualified on merit for the SEA Games.
He also beat the SEA Games qualifying mark of 1:52.23 for the 200m freestyle by clocking 1:52.04 at the Singapore national age-group meet in March.