MALACCA: Selangor emerged runaway overall champions of the MSSM National Schools Swimming Championships in Malacca today – but a pint-sized talent swimming in his home pool continued to make the biggest splash.
Malacca's Low Zheng Yong completed his haul of seven gold medals in the under-15 boys' category to emerge the best swimmer of the meet, as he cast his eye on the Malaysia Games in Perak next year as his next big target.
Fourteen-year-old Zheng Yong, from Yok Bin Secondary School here, today won the under-15 200m butterfly gold medal in impressive style, coming within a whisker of another meet record as he clocked 2:09.95s at the board, more than three seconds clear of second-placed Koh Teck Chen of Kuala Lumpur.
"I had improved a lot in the past year after I put a lot of focus on training. My target is now the Malaysia Games next year – I want to bag my first medal there," said Zheng Yong.
"I tasted the Malaysia Games in Sarawak last year as one of the youngest swimmers, and I made the 200m butterfly final. So, next year, I want to go a step further by winning a medal there," he added.
Zheng Yong also bagged the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley gold medals earlier in the competition, to add to his 200m butterfly yesterday.
He bagged the 100m butterfly by smashing Daniel Bego's 13-year old meet record.
The MSSM National Schools Swimming Championships closed accounts with Selangor emerging overall champion with a haul of 39 gold, 25 silver, and 25 bronze medals – well ahead of second-placed Penang, which bagged 15 gold, 13 silver, and 10 bronze medals.
*Get the full report on Day 5 of the MSSM National Schools Swimming Championships in your NST print edition tomorrow.
SELANGOR – G 39, S 25, B 25
PENANG – G 15, S 13, B 10
KUALA LUMPUR – G 12, S 23, B 22
MALACCA – G 11, S 5, B 3
SABAH – G 6, S 5, B 7
SARAWAK – G 4, S 7, B 8
JOHOR – G 3, S 8, B 14
PERAK – G 0, S 2, B 0
TERENGGANU – G 0, S 2, B 0
NEGRI SEMBILAN – G 0, S 0, B 1
*Total medals for swimming, diving and water polo