Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Star : Close call for Welson

Well done: Welson Sim in action during the men’s 100m freestyle event of the Malaysia Open Swimming Championships at the Hang Jebat Aquatics Centre in Malacca yesterday. — A MALEX YAHAYA/The Star

MALACCA: Welson Sim clawed his way back from the jaws of defeat to take his second gold in the men’s 100m freestyle in the Malaysia Open Swimming Championships at the Hang Jebat Aquatic Centre.

The Rio Olympic swimmer, representing Sarawak, found himself trailing Kuala Lumpur’s Keith Lim at the half-way stage of the sprint final yesterday.

To his credit, Welson hauled himself back to touch home first in 50.99, with Keith coming in second in 51.24.

Selangor’s Chan Jie, who won the 100m butterfly gold medal on Thursday, was third in 51.33.

Welson, who won the 400m freestyle on Thursday, was pleased to come out tops in an event that he doesn’t really focus on.

He qualified fastest for the final after clocking 50.72 in the morning heats.

“It was a close fight between the three of us (the medallists). We train together and are good friends, so I’m happy that I held on in the last 25m.

“A sub-51 seconds is okay for me. I don’t focus so much on the 100m freestyle but it helps in my training for the 200m distance,” said Welson.

Johor’s Wong Fu Kang, who is recovering from a viral infection, had to settle for bronze in the men’s 200m breaststroke final with 2:19.89.

Macau’s Chao Hou Man took gold in 2:17.16, ahead of Thailand’s Prasobcha Kaewrungrueang (2:19.70).

Tia’a Faang Der was the third local swimmer to come out tops in the national Open after coming from behind to win the men’s 400m individual medley in 4:33.79.

Terengganu’s Shaun Arvin was second in 4:35.58 and Kuala Lumpur’s Sebastian Soon third in 4:36.11.


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