BY TAN MING WAI
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ended their Asian Swimming Championships campaign in Japan on a positive note as Welson Sim anchored a youthful side to a new national men’s 4x100m freestyle record and a creditable fourth place.
Welson combined with Keith Lim, Yeap Zheng Yang and Foong Wei Tze to clock 3:24.93 to erase the previous mark of 3:25.55 set by Welson, Daniel Bego, Lim Ching Hwang, Alwyn Tan that won silver at last year’s Singapore SEA Games.
China’s Lin Yongqing, He Jianbin, Liu Zhaochen and Yu Hexin slashed the meet record by four seconds to win in 3:16.37. The previous mark was 3:20.28. Japan were second 3:17.25 while South Korea settled for the bronze in 3:18.80.
Welson and Co’s record feat came as no surprise as they clocked 3:26.24 for the third overall fastest time in the heat.
It was the third national record set in the four-day competition. On Thursday, Wong Fu Kang (28.59 in the men’s 50m breaststroke) and Caroline Chan (29.55 in the women’s 50m backstroke) were the record breakers.
Malaysia ended the championships with one silver and one bronze from the divers. Ooi Tze Liang-Chew Yi Wei were the silver medallists in the men’s 3m springboard synchro while Loh Zhiayi-Kimberly Bong were third in the women’s 10m platform synchro.