SEA Games: Swimmer Welson Sim sets new record

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SINGAPURA 11 JUNE 2015. Perenang Kebangsaan, Welson Sim Wee Sheng, meraikan kemenangan sekaligus memecahkan rekod kejohanan ketika beraksi dalam acara renang 400M gaya bebas Sukan SEA 2015 di Pusat Akuatic OCBC, Kallang, Singapura. NSTP/Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

Swimmer Welson Sim was the only Malaysian to secure a gold medal in the last day of the swimming event in the OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Welson made it to victory when he recorded a time of 3m 53.97s in the 400m free style event. He also broke the record of team mate Daniel Bego, whom set a time of 3m 53.99s in the 2009 SEA Games.

“I did not expect that I would be able to break the record because my target was to only get a gold medal. My best record before this was 3m 55.93s. This record is a bonus for me,” said Welson as quoted from Kosmo.

“I’m happy that I got the break Daniel’s record. He even came to congratulate me. He spoke to me and I was delighted. This is my second SEA Games and back in Myanmar I could only serve up a bronze medal. My next target is to do my best in the World Championship because it is my first participation in the 200m and 400m freestyle event.”

Meanwhile, Wong Fu Kang managed to grab hold of a bronze medal in the 50m men’s breast stroke event with a record of 28.67s. Indonesia’s Indra Gunawan won the gold medal whereas Philippines’ Joshua Hall claimed silver.

Fu Kang also successfully made a new national record by breaking Shaun Yap’s 2013 SEA Games record of 28.69s.

“I’m satisfied with the result, especially since I presented my best record alongside setting a new national record for the event. Even though I did not win gold, I’m still happy over the record,” said Fu Kang.

Photo credits: New Straits Times