KUALA LUMPUR: Welson Sim has declared that he’s in the best shape of his life ahead the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.
The 19-year-old said that the two-week stint at the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe recently had boosted his confidence as he prepares to make his Olympic debut.
Welson showed that he’s no pushover in a world-class field by picking up a silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m freestyle in the first leg in Monaco two weeks ago.
|Welson meets up with chef de mission Tan Sri Al-Amin Majid at the Aquatics Centre. - S.S.K KANESAN/The Star|
“The results from European meets showed that my preparation for the Olympics is on the right track,” Welson said after meeting Malaysia’s Olympic chef de mission Tan Sri Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid on Thursday.
“It was a great experience to race against the world’s best swimmers. Now I will head to the Olympics without any fears.
“I’m also in tip-top condition. I want to use the remaining two months to mould myself into even better shape come August.
“I always believe that there is no limit to how fast I can swim. I can only get better.”
Welson qualified for the Olympics under the A time for the 200m and 400m freestyle events at the Singapore national age-group meet in March.
|Doing light training at the aquatics centre.|
But it’s the 200m and 400m freestyle that he will be focusing on.
“I will settle nothing less than improving on both my personal bests of 1:47.67 in the 200m freestyle and 3:50.33 in the 400m freestyle (which he clocked in Singapore), which are also the national records,” Welson stressed.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/swimming/2016/06/16/olympian-welson-draws-confidence-from-europe-stint/