Brunei swimmers make mark as Ashley sets new national open record

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s swimmer Ashley Chai sets a new national open record in the 200m backstroke in the 43rd South East Asian Age Group (SEAAG) Swimming Championships 2019 recently, pairing her 100m backstroke national record two months earlier.

The national swimmer posted a time of 2:37.77s at the Morodok Techo Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh, trimming her old time of 2:38.30s which she managed in 2016.

In April, she realised her ambition of setting a new national open record in 100m backstroke at the Brunei Age Group Swimming Championships.

Meanwhile, 12 new national age group records were also set by the country’s junior swimmers during the three-day long championship over the weekend. In addition, the country also recorded 20 new personal bests out of 30 entries.

Leading the way in setting new national age group records was Brunei’s Breanna Lee Le Er who raised the bar in all of her seven events.

Breanna clocked a new time of 1:07.65s in the 100m freestyle, 2:25.50s in the 200m freestyle, 5:00.18s in the 400m freestyle, 32.56s in the 50m butterfly, 1:13.19s in the 100m butterfly, 2:45.89s in the 200m butterfly and 5:46.68s in the 400 Individual Medley.

The swimmers in a group photo. – BASA

Brunei’s Zeke Chan achieved four new national age group records from his five events while Emma Yusuf sets one new age group record.

Zeke’s new age group records were 31.86s in the 50m butterfly, 1:11.09s in the 100m butterfly, 2:36.62s in the 200m butterfly and 5:31.41s in the 400m Individual Medley.

Emma Yusuf clocked a time of 36.65s in the 50m breaststroke en route to a new national age group record.

Besides the national open and national age group record breakers, Brunei swimmer Joel Ling recorded personal bests in all five of his participating events in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke as well as the 200m and 400m Individual Medley.

Organised by the Khmer Swimming Federation of Cambodia, the competition attracted all 10 Southeast Asian countries. The tournament was also supported by the International Swimming Federation (FINA), Southeast Asia Swimming Federation (SEASF), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Cambodia, and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

With a total of 290 swimmers that took part in the event and 1,047 events contested including team relays, Vietnam was declared as the champion team.

The swimmers were accompanied by Team Manager Awangku Farid bin Pengiran Idrus and coach Bonnie Zhang.