Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Star : Welson and Co break national short course records in Beijing

PETALING JAYA: Welson Sim (pic) enjoyed the satisfaction of breaking Daniel Bego’s short course (25m) national records for both the men’s 200m and 400m freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Beijing, China.

The 20-year-old KL SEA Games double gold medallist just missed out on making the 400m freestyle final finishing ninth in the preliminaries in 3:48.93 yesterday.

Australian Jacob Ross Hansford got the last ticket for the top-eight final after clocking 3:48.87.

However, Welson’s time bettered Daniel’s previous national mark of 3:50.87 set at the World Cup meet in Singapore in 2013.

He was ranked 17th in the 200m freestyle after clocking 1:48.25 on Friday to improve on Daniel’s previous national mark of 1:49.21 set at the World Cup meet in Singapore in 2013.

“I already hold the long course (50m) national records for 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, so I’m happy to have the records for the short course events as well.

“It’s a good experience racing in the short course as the turns and pacing are different,” said Welson.

Keith Lim also set a new short course national record in men’s 50m freestyle.

He clocked 22.55 for 21st overall placing to improve on the previous national mark of 23.15 held by Lim Ching Hwang since 2013.

Tern Jian Han set a new national record of 53.70 en route to finishing 14th in the men’s 100m butterfly, erasing Tan Gin Yu’s previous mark of 57.49 set in 2013.

Chan Jie also dipped under Gin Yu’s national mark by posting 54.43 to finish 16th in the preliminaries.

Jian Han was ranked 13th in the men’s 50m backstroke (24.71) and 19th in the 200m backstroke distance (2:02.32).

Caroline Chan was 24th in the women’s 50m (29.18) and 100m (1:04.91) backstroke events.


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