|Olympian Welson Sim is on track to break another national record.|
SHAH ALAM: It looks like it’s only a matter of time before freestyle specialist Welson Sim adds another national record to his name.
The 18-year-old Welson, who is already the country’s best freestyle swimmer in the 200m, 400m and 800m events, is on course to wipe off Daniel Bego’s 100m freestyle national record if the pace set by him at the National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the Shah Alam Aquatic centre on Thursday is anything to go by.
Welson improved on his 100m freestyle personal best when he clocked 50.32 – just 0.16 of a second from Daniel’s 50.16 that has stood since the 2009 Laos SEA Games.
Keith Lim Kit Sern of Kuala Lumpur was second in 51.87 while Chan Jie of Selangor clocked 52.26 to finish third in the 18 and above category.
Welson’s feat comes barely 10 days after he had sprinted to a 50.40 en route to snatching a silver medal at the Singapore National Age-Group meet.
Welson has also secured two automatic Rio de Janeiro Olympic berths in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.
“It has been my dream to break all the national freestyle records, so I hope to own the 100m too. I’ll certainly go for it at the Malaysian Open (from May 5-8),” said Welson.
In the girls’ 18 and above 100m freestyle event, former national swimmer Chui Lai Kwan emerged triumphant to prove that she’s still the country’s No. 1 sprinter.
The Sabah swimmer, a finalist at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010, touched the wall in 58.69 to finish ahead of team-mate Chris Tan Li Ling (58.94) and Selangor Chan (1:02.30).
Breaststroke specialists Wong Fu Kang and Phee Jinq En also won their 200m events.