Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Star : A silver ending for Bego at the pool

NAYPYITAW: Daniel Bego could have delivered a golden flourish for Malaysia if not for a poor start on the final day of the SEA Games swimming competition at the Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Center on Monday.

The 24-year-old did not start well and it put paid to his chances of reclaiming his men’s 200m freestyle title in the end as he settled for silver with 1:51.10.

Daniel Bego (pic) settled for the silver after losing the 200m freestyle race to Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc on the final day of the SEA Games swimming competition on Monday. - Filepic

Vietnam’s Hoang Quy Phuoc, who was beaten to second place by Daniel in the 400m freestyle final two days ago, turned the tables on the Malaysian by taking gold in 1:50.64.

The Vietnamese swimmer is not an unknown challenger, having won a double in the 100m freestyle and butterfly events in Palembang two years ago.

Daniel advanced to the final as the fastest qualifier after clocking 1:57.10 in the morning.

Daniel, who had to miss the previous SEA Games in Palembang to recover from shoulder injuries, gave his best effort but it was just not his day in the end.

“I made a poor start while the Vietnamese winner raced smartly.

“He was able to get away and it was hard for me to chase him down by the last 50m.

“Anyway, I am happy to finish my comeback SEA Games with one gold and three silver medals,” said the Sarawakian who won his other silvers in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle events.

Malaysia thus ended the five-day swimming 4-4-2. Khoo Cai Lin defended her 800m freestyle title while Christina Loh splashed to a double in the women’s 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien claimed her third gold of the SEA Games in style, setting a new record of 4:46.16 in the women’s 400m individual medley.

Amanda Lim of Singapore denied Thailand’s Natthan Junkrajang from a triple gold success in the freestyle disciplines. Amanda touched home for victory in 25.59 in the 50m event while Natthanan, who won the 100m and 200m freestyle earlier, was second in 25.80.

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