Brunei swimmer Muhammad Isa swims to third in World Championship heat

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s swimmer Muhammad Isa bin Ahmad was ranked third in Heat 1 of the 18th FINA (Long Course) World Championships at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea yesterday.

The 21-year-old posted a time of 1:06.51s behind Guam’s Benjamin Schulte and Kuwait’s Rashed Altarmoom.

In the heats classification, Muhammad Isa finished in 74th place overall out of 87 entries.

Muhammad Isa’s group in his heats also included Madagascar’s Jonathan Raharvel, Tonga’s Amini Fonua, Guinea’s Yaya Yeressa and Northern Mariana Islands’ Lennosuke Suzuki.

The Brunei swimmer will be in action next in the 50m breaststroke tomorrow with Christian Nikles taking to the pool in the 100m freestyle on July 24. Nikles will also compete in the 50m freestyle on July 26.

Great Britain world record holder and defending champion Adam Peaty led the overall heats rankings with a time of 57.59s followed by Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich and Japan’s

Yasuhiro Koseki, in second and third place, respectively.

China’s Zibei Yan and Great Britain’s James Wilby completed the top five and among the fastest swimmers in the heats.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda, who settled for the silver medal in the last edition of the World Championships in Budapest, remained in contention after sealing his qualification berth.

The semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke were also held on the same day with the top 16 swimmers battling it out for a place in the finals and a shot for a podium finish.

The other swimmers that represented Southeast Asia in the 100m breaststroke event included Singapore’s Chien Yin Lionel Khoo and Philippines’ James Deiparine.