Monday, 2 June 2014

The NST : Records fall on final day

JOHOR’S Tern Jian Han and Selangor's Chan Jie were in fine form on the final day of the Perlis Malaysia Games swimming competition as they both rewrote long-standing games records at the Perlis Sports Complex Aquatics Centre in Kangar yesterday.

Jian Han clocked two minutes and 7.2 seconds in the men’s 200m backstroke heats to better Alex Lim Keng Liat's (Sabah) 1996 mark of 2:07.27s. He later clinched the gold in the final with a slower 2:09.14s. Sarawak's Alex Tiong (2:11.85s) and Tia'a Fang Der (2:12.55s) took silver and bronze.

Jian Han, who was only one year old when Alex set the record in Pahang, said he was delighted to renew the mark but felt he could have done better in the final.

“I really did not expect to break the record. I just wanted to go out there and give it my best shot,” said the Bukit Jalil Sports School student.

“I pushed myself to do even better in the final but unfortunately I just could not do it.

“I won the 100m backstroke here as well so it has been a good event for me. I want to represent Malaysia in the Asian and Commonwealth Games as well as the World Championships one day."

Chan Jie, who broke the 50m butterfly games record on Saturday, also erased the 100m butterfly mark of 55.27s, set by Daniel Bego (Sarawak) in 1998, when he won the event in 55.04s yesterday. Penang's Alwyn Tan (55.92s) and FT's Keith Lim (56.16s) finished second and third respectively.

Selangor retained their overall title with an 11 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze haul while Federal Territories finished second on 10 gold, six silver and nine bronze. Sarawak placed third on 9-5-3.

RESULTS: MEN'S — 50m breaststroke: 1 Alwyn Tan (Penang) 23.53s, 2 Chan Yang (Sel) 23.87s, 3 Lim Tsiu Khoon (Sel) 23.92s.
100m butterfly: 1 Chan Jie (Selangor) 55.04s (new games record), 2 Alwyn Tan (Pen) 55.92s, 3 Keith Lim (FT) 56.16s.
200m backstroke: 1 Tern Jian Han (Joh) 2:09.14s (new games record), 2 Alex Tiong (Sar) 2:11.85s, 3 Tia'a Faang Der (Johor) 2:12.55s.
1500m freestyle: 1 Welson Sim (Sar) 16:18.14s, 2 Yeap Zheng Yang (Sel) 16:33.35s, 3 Wong Jun Bin (FT) 16:37.59s.
WOMEN'S 50m freestyle: 1 Ong Ming Fen (FT) 26.85s, 2 Low Xue Ting (Johor) 27.62s, 3 Koh Jia Yi (Sel) 27.67s.
100m butterfly: 1 Yap Siew Hui (Sel) 1:01.97s, 2 Asmalia Filzati Redzuan (Sel) 1:04.25, 3 Tan Rou Ying (FT) 1:05.52s.
200m backstroke: 1 Chris Tan (Sab) 2:24.24s, 2 Nadia Adrianna Redza (Sel) 2:26.83s, 3 Nita Wong (2:31.14s).
800m freestyle: 1 Angela Chieng (Sar) 9:15.02s, 2 Nadia Adrianna Redza (Sel) 9:19.35s, 3 Ong Ming Fen (FT) 9:24.42s.

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