Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Jun Jian shoveled second silver for Team MAS in Asean School Games on closing day
On the first event competed on the last day of swimming competition in the 8th Asean School Games (ASG) 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, today, Chan Jun Jian was registered in the 1500m freestyle.
Little did he expect that swimming with a focus mind could yield results especially when the other competitors were seeded faster than him.
In the long distance event, he clocked an impressive 17: 05.16 to grab the silver behind Thai swimmer, Wanphen Chakorn, who won with 16:29.43.
Jun Jian's previous PB was 17:23.36 swam in Sept 2015 in the Selangor Long Distance Swimming Championship 2015. It is great achievement indeed to have shed so many seconds!
Interviewed online, here is what an exulting Jun Jian accounted for his silver experience.
"On the first few days of ASG, I only managed 4th in my 400m freestyle and 6th in my 200m freestyle. At that time, I was really disappointed but thanks to my friends and family, I was able to pull through my 1500m freestyle today.
A night before when I saw the start list, I thought I wouldn't stand a chance to win because other swimmers' seeding was a lot faster. So I didn't think too much and just tried to get a new personal best.
As I dived into the pool I paced with a Singaporean swimmer. I continued by best and was happy to able to come in second. It was really unexpected and I am glad to contribute a silver to the country.
Words cannot express my feeling at that time.
I would like to thank my coaches for giving me valuable tips and advise.
My next aim is to qualify to SUKMA in the next 2 years and I will be looking forward to improving my times further."
CONGRATULATIONS Chan Jun Jian!