Her Royal Highness attends swimming meet

Fadhil Yunus

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman attended the second day of the 8th Brunei Open and Masters Long Course Swimming Championships at the Swimming Pool of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah both continued their participation in the three-day long championship.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa’ Raihaanul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah were also present.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim took part in the men’s 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, while Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah competed in the women’s 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim set two new personal bests in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle with revised times of 50.52s and 35.94s, respectively.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman with Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa’ Raihaanul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah at the 8th Brunei Open and Masters Long Course Swimming Championships. PHOTOS: INFOFOTO
Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (above) and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah in action at the swimming championships.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah also recorded a new personal best with a time of 1:00.57s in the 50m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Christian Nikles broke a 20-year national record set by Fadillah Ismail after he clocked a time of 1:02.93s in the men’s 100m backstroke. Fadillah has held the record of 1:03.89s since August 1999.

Christian was presented with a gold medal by former national record holder Fadillah in a fitting tribute.

Ashley Chai also set a new national record in the women’s 100m backstroke with a time of 1:12.39s, bettering her old time of 1:12.57s which she posted during the 27th Brunei Age Group Swimming Championships in April this year.

The 50m freestyle saw the country’s top swimmers Muhammad Isa bin Ahmad and Christian Nikles lock in battle. Muhammad Isa took home the gold medal with a time of 25.02s while his Hammerhead Swimming Club teammate Christian finished in second with a time of 25.17s.

Muhammad Isa also bagged a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 30.16s. Hammerhead Swimming Club’s rising star Leilani Stowers was one of the top performers after she bagged two gold medals in the women’s 50m freestyle and the 200m freestyle.

The 13-year-old denied one of the leading female swimmers in the country Ashley Chai the win for a second straight day after she came out on top in the 50m butterfly event on Friday.

In the grand finale of the second day of the competition, Peak Performance Swimming Club made it three wins in a row in relay after they took gold in the mixed 400m freestyle relay. Peak Performance had earlier claimed gold in both the men’s and women’s events.

The quartet of Desmond Yong, Isha Chen, Zeke Chen and Ashley Chai finished the race first with a time of 4:17.09s.

The competition concludes today with swimmers vying for more medals and records.