Brunei Darussalam national swimmer Muhammad Isa bin Ahmad became the first swimmer in the country to break the sub-30-second barrier en route to a new national record after clocking a time of 29.87s in the 50m breaststroke in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines yesterday.
The national swimmer lowered his own national record of 30.03s which he set in the 18th FINA World Long Course Championships in Gwangju, South Korea last July.
Muhammad Isa, who finished fourth in his heats, fell short of the qualifying places as only the eight fastest times booked their tickets to the finals. He was ranked 10th overall out of 16 entries, giving a spot in the reserves for the final.
This year’s edition of the SEA Games marked the first time that the swimming team has represented the country after 18 years.
The swimming team also comprised Nur Haziq Samil, who competed in the men’s 200m backstroke event.
Singapore’s Lionel Khoo Chien Yin bagged gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke after he posted a time of 28.15s, setting a new meet record in the process.
Home favourite James Deiparine of the Philippines scooped silver with a time of 28.32s while Indonesia’s Gagarin Nathaniel settled for bronze with a time of 28.52s.