Monday, 21 March 2016

The NST : Welson makes Olympic 'B' time for 100m freestyle in Singapore

BY FADHLI ISHAK - 20 MARCH 2016 @ 8:47 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: National swimmer Welson Sim could be competing in up to three events at the Rio Olympics this year after meeting the 'B' time for the 100m freestyle at the Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships today.

Welson, who strengths lie in the middle distance events, did well to clock 50.40 seconds en route to taking silver behind winner Darren Lim of Singapore in the final at the OCBC Aquatics Centre.

His time was well under the 50.70s 'B' standard for the Olympiad and was also not far from the national record of 50.16s which Daniel Bego had set at the 2009 Laos Sea Games when polyurethane swimsuits, which are now banned, were still in use.

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The Sarawakian had earlier in the day finished fourth in the preliminaries on 50.87s, making him the first Malaysian swimmer to go under 51s in the event since Daniel.

Earlier in the tournament Welson became the first ever Malaysian to qualify on 'A' times for two Olympics events, which he achieved en route to winning the 400m and 200m freestyle finals on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Meeting an 'A' time guarantees direct entry to the Games while those who qualify with 'B' times must wait to see where they stand at the end of the Olympic qualifying period as slots are limited for them.

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