Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Star :Welson sets new meet record in winning 200m freestyle


MALACCA: Welson Sim (pic) clocked a season-best time to break his own meet record in the men’s 200m freestyle at the Malaysia Open Swimming Championships.

The 20-year-old splashed to his third gold for Sarawak in 1:48.50 at the Hang Jebat Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Welson, who had earlier won the 100m and 400m freestyle, set the previous meet record of 1:48.64 in last year’s edition in Shah Alam.

Daniel Bego, also of Sarawak, took the silver in 1:53.61 ahead of Selangor’s Yeap Zheng Yang, who posted 1:53.82 for the bronze.

Welson’s time yesterday was better than the winning mark of 1:48.96 recorded by Vietnam’s Hoang Quy Phuoc at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. Welson won the 400m freestyle but could only manage a bronze in the 200m freestyle in Singapore.

“I’m happy to set the fastest time in South-East Asia this year for the 200m freestyle. I pushed hard in the morning although it was just the heats and I qualified for the final with the fastest time (1:50.31),” said Welson.

“It was a good practice. I need to swim like this to get into the final at the SEA Games (in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30).

“I am also happy for Daniel as he came back after injury to finish second and qualify for the SEA Games relay team,” said Welson, who holds the national 200m freestyle record of 1:47.67.

Tern Jian Han also grabbed his third gold for Johor, winning the men’s 50m butterfly in a personal best time of 24.96. He had earlier won the 50m and 100m backstroke.


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