Saturday, 31 May 2014

The NST : Super Shaun

SELANGOR’S Shaun Yap lived up to his reputation as the fastest short distance breaststroker in the country when he successfully defended his 50m breastroke title at the Perlis Malaysia Games swimming competition yesterday.

Shaun broke his own Games record of 29.52s set in Pahang, when he powered to victory in a time of 29.43s at the Perlis Sports Complex Aquatics Centre ahead of long-time rival Wong Fu Kang (29.48s) of Johor.

Perlis’ Adam Faris Tan finished third in 30.02s.

Shaun, 19, who also owns the national mark of 28.69s, said he was happy to get the win but stressed that he still had unfinished business to attend to.

“It feels great to defend my title but I guess I could have swam faster. I was hoping to get a new personal best here,” said the Help Academy student.

“I lost to Fu Kang yesterday (Thursday) in the 100m breaststroke so it is also good to beat him today (yesterday).”

Sarawak’s Vernon Lee, Ngu Jiung Wei, Alex Tiong and Welson Sim were also in record breaking form in the men’s 4x200m freestyle as they powered to victory in 7:47.31sto erase their own Games mark of 7:50.29s, set two years ago.

RESULTS — Men’s 50m backstroke: 1 Ian James Barr (FT) 27.05s, 2 Keith Lim (FT) 27.48s, 3 Wong Tzi Rok (Sel) 27.79s; 50m breaststroke: 1 Shaun Yap (Sel) 29.43s, 2 Wong Fu Kang (Joh) 29.48s, 3 Adam Faris Tan (Per) 30.02s; 200m freestyle: 1 Welson Sim (Sar) 1:52.72s, 2 Yeap Zheng Yang (Sel) 1:53.04s, 3 Wong Jun Bin (FT) 1:57.32s; 200m individual medley: 1 Ian James Barr (FT) 2:07.78s, 2 Wong Fu Kang (Joh) 2:12.12s, 3 Alwyn Tan (Pg) 2:12.27s; 4x200m freestyle relay: 1 Sarawak 7:47.31s, 2 Selangor 7:57.29s, 3 Penang 8:01.95s.
Women’s 50m backstroke: 1 Caroline Chan (Sel) 30.54s, 2 Chris Tan (Sab) 31.90s, 3 Tan Rou Ying (FT) 31.97s; 50m breaststroke: 1 Christina Loh (FT) 33.55s, 2 Phee En Jinq (Sel) 33.68s, 3 Koh Jia Yi (Sel) 34.11s; 200m freestyle: 1 Ong Ming Fen (FT) 2:05.93s, 2 Chris Tan (Sab) 2:08.06s, 3 Angela Chieng (Sar) 2:08.61s; 200m individual medley: 1 Erika Kong (Sar) 2:22.47s, 2 Ong Ming Fen (FT) 2:23.27s, 3 Nadia Adrianna Redza (Sel) 2:24.29s; 4x200m freestyle relay: 1 Sarawak 8:46.99s, 2 Sabah 8:48.60s, 3 Selangor 8:48.96s.

Read more: Super Shaun - Other - New Straits Times

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