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Swimmers splash to seven new records

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS … BMSC president Ivan Chu (3rd right), and team manager Amy Chong and their record breakers hoisting the challenge trophies, with Anthony Kiob (left), after presenting the prizes.

3rd February, 2016

By FRED LEONG Fred@newsabahtimes.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Aquatic Sports Association (SASA) was happy with the just concluded 49th edition of the Sabah Age-Group Swimming Championship that ended last weekend at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex Aquatic Centre.

SASA president Anthony Kiob was glad after the three-day event concluded successfully without any hitches, where a total of seven new meet records were registered.

A total of 287 swimmers from the Blue Marlin Swimming Club, Penampang Swimming Association, Sea Dragon Swimming Club, PJMS Swimming Club, Sandakan Swimming Association and the Labuan Aquatic Club participated.

The Blue Marlin Swimming Club (BMSC) swimmers of various ages dominated the championship to grab the event’s overall title after bagging a total of 45 gold, 29 silver and 33 silver medals.

The second placing went to Sea Dragon Swimming Club with 34-18-24, Penampang Swimming Association with 21-28-34, PJMS with 14-28-16, Sandakan Swimming Association with 9-18-15.

The record breakers were Sukma swimmer Hollymax Bell in the Boys’ Under-17 years category, renewing two of his own meet records in the 200m individual medley with a new time of 2:16.4s (old record 2:17.42s) and 50m backstroke in 28.83s (old record 28.84s).

He also broke teammate Wong Wai Kit’s old mark of 59.49s in the 100m butterfly with a new record of 58.26s. In the Boys’ Group 4 (10 years), budding swimmer Jay Lo Wui Seng broke two records in the 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke for new records of 40.48s (old 40.67s) and 1:31.8s (old 1:32.75s) respectively.

The other swimmers who broke the meet records were in the Girls’ Group 3 (12 years), with Yipp Chi Tong in the 200m backstroke with a new time of 2:42.7s (old 2:43.33s), Girls’ Group 4 (10 years) in Yong Xing Ru who erased the old record of 2:50.54s (set by Lueng Chii Lin in 2002) with a new time of 2:50.2s.

Among the gold medallists were Yong Xing Ru (10), Eric Bong (9), Lo Meng Sum (8), Cheng Ka Man (7), Yiip Chi Tong (6), four gold medals each by Eddie Law Li Jui, Loo Yie Bing, Sam Chee and Jay Lo Wui Seng (2).

Anthony was impressed with the progress of some of the Sukma trainees who are based here under Sukma coaches namely, Cheng Ka Man, Hollymas, Lo Meng Sum and Yipp Chi Tong.

Sabah Sports Board chairman Datuk Louis Rampas officiated at the opening ceremony of the championship. Present were SSC director Terrance Pudin, SSB general manager Penyuki Matta, State Education Department and Malaysian Sports School Sabah representatives.

   
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