BY AJITPAL SINGH
SHAH ALAM: Welson Sim dedicated his gold medal to his mother Lee Ngiat Khim after winning the men’s 1,500m freestyle race by meeting the ‘B’ Olympic time in the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships at Darul Ehsan Aquatic Centre today.
Welson dipped below the ‘B’ Olympic time of 15:46.79 by clocking 15:35.63.
India’s Sajan Prakash won the silver medal in 15.47.68 while Indonesia’s Aflah Fadlan Prawira took third with 16:00.79.
It was the 19-year-old’s third individual gold medal in the Malaysian Open after winning the 200m and 400m freestyle races in the opening three days.
“I dedicate my gold medal to my mom as today is Mother’s Day. She is very proud of my achievement,” said Welson today.
“I clocked a new personal best in the 1,500m event today but I believe I can swim faster in this event.”
Welson has met the ‘A’ Olympic times for the 200m and 400m freestyle races.
The Sarawakian will leave form Melbourne for a two-week training stint on Saturday to prepare for three meets in Europe in July.
Men’s 50m freestyle: 1 Triady Fauzi Sidiq (Ina) 23.06, 2 Aaron D’ Souza (Ind) 23.10, 3 Glenn Victor Sutanto (Ina) 23.39;
100m butterfly: 1 Triady Fauzi Sidiq (Ina) 52.77 (MR), 2 Glenn Victor Sutanto (Ina) 53.44, 3 Chen Jie (Sel) 54.67;
200m backstroke: 1 Ricky Anggawidjaja (Ina) 2:02.81 (MR), 2 Gede Siman Sudarwata (Ina) 2:05.35, 3 Tiaa Faang Der (Joh) 2:11.69;
1500m freestyle: 1 Welson Sim (Sar) 15:35.63, 2 Sajan Prakash (Ind) 15:47.68, 3 Aflah Fadlan Prawira (Ina) 16:00.79.
Women’s 50m freestyle: 1 Camille Cheng (Hkg) 25.95, 2 Chui Lai Kwan (Sab) 26.52, 3 Yu Wai Ting (Hkg) 26.61;
100m butterfly: 1 Chan Kin Lok (Hkg) 1:00.00 (MR), 2 Sze Hang Yu (Hkg) 1:00.03, 3 Nicholle Toh (Sin) 1:02.40;
200m backstroke: 1 Stephanie Shun (Hkg) 2:11.60 (MR), 2 Yessy Yosaputra (Ina) 2:19.23, 3 Redza Nadia Adrianna (Sel) 2:27.44;
800m freestyle: 1 Raina Saumi Grahana (Ina) 8:56.86, 2 Khoo Cai Lin (Sel) 9:07.77, 3 Angela Chieng (Sar) 9:13.70.
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