Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Star : Welson and Yi Hao reign in the pool at Asean Schools Games


KUALA LUMPUR: Talented youngsters Welson Sim and Ng Yi Hao have splashed their way to golden victories for Malaysia in the swimming competition of the 7th Asean Schools Games in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

The 18-year-old Welson left Thailand’s Chakorn Wanpern trailing in his wake as he powered his way to win the boys’ 400m freestyle final in 3:57.16. The Thai clocked 4:01.73, with Singapore’s Wong Jun Bin settling for the bronze in 4:05.05.

National swimmer Welson Sim

Sarawak-born Welson also won the same event at the Singapore SEA Games in June and posted a new national record of 3:52.57 to finish eighth at the FINA World Cup leg in Doha.

The 16-year-old Yi Hao delivered the second gold for Malaysia in the boys’ 200m breaststroke event when he led all the way in the final to touch the wall in 2:21.78, ahead of Indonesian Ilham Turmudzi (2:22.63) and Thai Sophonwich Traiwijsutitong (2:24.99).

Yi Hao was named the best swimmer (for boys) in this year’s MSSM swimming championships in Shah Alam for breaking two meet records – the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.

Welson and Yi Hao were also fastest in their preliminaries.

Angela Chieng was the fastest qualifier for the girls’ 400m freestyle but could not maintain the momentum in the final. The Sarawak-born Angela settled for silver in 4:31.79, behind Indonesia’s Sagita Putri Krisdewanti (4:28.57). Another Malaysian, Nadia Adrianna Redza (4:31.88) got the bronze.

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