|Janetty (left) broke the girls’ 12 and under 50m backstroke record while Sebastian (right) smashed the boys’ 13-15 200m backstroke record. – FAIHAN GHANI / The Star|
Janetty heeded her granny Lucy Binijian’s advice and followed in the footsteps of her aunt Jossie Fabian, who is a state swimmer.
And now Janetty is beginning to make a splash!
The 12-year-old Kadazan girl smashed the 13-year-old record of 34.12, set by former SEA Games gold medallist Leung Chii Lin, on her way to winning the girls’ 12 and under 50m backstroke in the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) swimming championships on Tuesday.
Janetty, who was born in Penampang, is happy to have completed her collection of medals in only her second MSSM outing.
“I represented Sabah last year but did not win any medals. I’m happy to get the gold as I got two silvers (50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly) and two bronzes (100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke) from the first two days of competition.
“It’s a bonus to break Chii Lin’s record. She’s also from Sabah and she swam at the Olympics before. I hope to be like her one day,” said Janetty.
She hopes to grab a second gold for Sabah in the 50m freestyle at the Shah Alam Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.
Selangor’s Sebastian Soon was the other record-breaker on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old clocked 2:14.73 in the boys’ 13-15 200m individual medley to dip under Johor swimmer Tia’a Faang Der’s record of 2:14.94 set in 2012.
Sebastian also won the 50m backstroke gold in 30.40, taking his gold medal tally to four after coming out tops in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle on Sunday.
“I didn’t expect to swim so fast today. My previous personal best was 2:16,” he said.
Selangor’s Jordan Yip bagged three more events – in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley – in the boys’ 16-18 age group to take his tally to seven gold medals so far.
Hosts Selangor have captured 35 gold medals (in swimming and diving) with two days of competition to go.