The annual Kapas Marang International Swimathon 2016 proved to be an attractive event for some of our IBSC swimmers, especially Yeong Zhen Yi, who tried this East Coast open sea swim for the first time in Terengganu.
Swimming in the open sea for 6.5km from Pulau Kapas to Marang, Terengganu is no easy feat as it is entirely a different experience from swimming in a calm pool. Of course, Zhen Yi, even though fairly young, has gained sufficient experience in swimming the open seas of Labuan and Port Dickson before.
Zhen Yi, only 13, competed in the female 12-34 years category to emerge champion in Kapas Marang Swimathon after clocking 1:37.48. She skipped the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit Leg 2, which clashed head-on with the swimathon event, and looks like the sea venture proved more rewarding as she won RM1,000 as the 1st prize money.
She was followed very closely by team member, Nur Iman Nabilah, 20, who finished second at 1:38.37. Nabilah also won prize money of RM700.
Fatin Natsha Arrfin, 21, also an IBSC member, came in respectable 11th position.
Congratulations to all!
|The calm sea can be deceiving|
|Zhen Yi posing with her mock cheque of RM1,000|
|Female 12-34 years results|
|The starting was a mad rush scene|
|Team members enjoying the sun and the beach during the swimathon|
|Female 12-34 years podium swimmers during prize presentation|
Download swimathon full results here.
Photos courtesy of IBSC swimmers and parents