| Fadhil Yunus |
HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al- Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah attended the third and final day of the 3rd Brunei Open Swimming Championship at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex swimming pool yesterday.
Also present were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted upon arrival by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim of ISB Hammerheads completed the Heat 2 of the Men’s 50m Backstroke in second place in a time of 1:01.87 and finished sixth in a time of 1:51.42 in the Men’s 100m Freestyle heats.
According to Eric Landa, Aquatics Head Coach of Brunei Darussalam, a total of 19 new national records and 16 competitions records were either set or broken over the course of the three-day competition.
Nur Haziq Samil of Micia Swimming Team broke seven national records in the men’s 400m freestyle, men’s 200m backstroke, men’s 100m backstroke, men’s 200 IM, men’s 1500m freestyle, men’s 800m freestyle and men’s 50 backstroke.
Top national swimmer Tiara Shahril Anwar of Jerudong Swimming Club beat her previous times earlier this year to set new national open and age group records in the women’s 200m freestyle, women’s 400m freestyle and women’s 800m freestyle. Tiara also equalled her time she set last year in the women’s 100m freestyle in a time of 1:01.61.
Breanna Lee Lee Er of ISB Hammerheads also set new national age record for Under-7 Girls in the 50m freestyle, women’s 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly events.
Tiara Shahril Anwar finished first overall in the women’s 100m freestyle. Ashley Chai of Royal Brunei Recreation Club ended fourth as the MASA’s (Miri Amateur Swimming Association) pair of Wan Ying Leong and Wan Mei Leong occupied the second and third spots.