| Fadhil Yunus |
HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel finished in fourth place in the heats of the Men’s 50 LC-metre breaststroke at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex swimming pool yesterday.
His Royal Highness displayed his talents in the pool and swam to fourth place despite competing against swimmers above his age group.
His Royal Highness, an unattached swimmer, recorded a time of 1:03.36 and nearly broke the ISB hierarchy approaching the final few metres.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim of ISB Hammerheads had a busy afternoon session competing in the Men’s 50 LC-metre breaststroke, men’s 100 LC-metre backstroke and men’s 50 LC-metre freestyle on the first day of competition.
With the tournament an open format, the competition was far stiffer than the age group giving the seasoned entries a massive boost in the lanes.
His Royal Highness completed the Men’s 50 LC-metre freestyle heats in fourth place with a time of 51.32. His Royal Highness also finished fourth in the men’s breaststroke with a time of 1:06:01.
Jaap Erik van Krimpen of the Panaga Stingrays, a veteran, had no problems in the pool taking top place in 34.33 in the men’s 50m freestyle. Marc Guerin of the Brunei Speed Swimming Club recorded 42.33 to clinch top spot in the men’s 50m breaststroke.
The three-day competition, which ends on Sunday, is organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) and is supported by the Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Top names including Shahril Anwar and Ashley Chai are primed multiple medal contenders and record breakers in the national swimming meet.