The Star : Training stint Down Under helps Welson set new meet record

KUALA LUMPUR: National swimmer Welson Sim’s (pic) four month training stint in Melbourne, Australia, has done him a world of good.

The 22-year-old did not disappoint at home as he splashed to a gold medal in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:50.32 to set a new meet record at the Malaysian Open swimming championships in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

It was just a second off the national record of 3:49.29 which he set at the Victorian Open in Melbourne last month.

Welson beat India’s S. Prakash who had a time of 3:56.60 for the silver, while A. S. Chahal of Terengganu earned the bronze with a time of 4:01.93.

“I’m always happy to swim at home and to get a gold medal in my first event on the first day is good even though it’s slower than my personal best,” said Welson.

“I’ve been training in Melbourne for the last few months and I have learned a lot of things from the swimmers there inside and outside of the pool.”

“I can see the environment there is very different and all the swimmers are hungry for success and they show it in training everyday.”

“I’ve also learned to be more independent there because all the swimmers there have to prepare their own meals for lunch and dinner but here I am provided for. So it was challenging at first but I got used to it.”

The Sarawakians’ time in Melbourne is not yet over as he is set to return next week for another two more months before the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.

It is there that he plans to make the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I plan to set the Olympic qualifying time there because that is where all the best swimmers in the world will go to compete, so it will be a great chance for me to show what I can do.”

“But I will also be swimming at the Singapore Open first in June which I hope to do well there so that it will prepare me for the world championships.”

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/swimming/2019/04/26/training-stint-down-under-helps-welson-set-new-meet-record/#OGhtyFrh4d4t1Z9T.99

ASUM 2019 Calendar

 PERSATUAN RENANG AMATUR MALAYSIA

 AQUATIC CALENDAR 2019

Dates

Events

Venue

Host

TBC FINA Diving Grand Prix #1 Rostock GER
Mar 1-3 FINA Diving World Series #1 Sagamihara JPN
Mar 7-9 Fina Diving World Series #2 Beijing China
Mar 7-10 55th Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship (World Championship qualifying) Bukit Jalil ASUM
Mar 24-28 MSSM Ipoh KPM
Apr 4-7 55th  Malaysia Invitational Age Group Championship (Diving/Syn) Shah Alam PADE
Apr 4-7 Fina Diving Grand Prix #2 TBA CAN
Apr 55th Malaysia Invitational Age Group Championship (water polo) Melaka MASA
Apr 13-14 NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit #1 Shah Alam PADE
TBA Fina Diving Grand Prix #3 TBA ITA
TBA Fina Diving Grand Prix #4 TBA ESP
Apr 26-28 FINA Diving World Series #3 Kazan RUS
Apr 25-28 62nd Malaysia Open Swimming Championship (World Championship Qfly) Bukit Jalil ASUM
May 3-5 FINA Diving World Series  #4 Montreal CAN
June 15-16 NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming  Circuit #2 Ipoh ASAP
June 28-30 Sea Age Group Cambodia Cambodia
Jul 9-17 11th Asean School Games Semarang Indonesia
Jul 19-21 ASUM/MILO/NSC Swim Splash Junior Swimming Meet – Leg 1 Bukit Jalil KL
Aug 16-18 ASUM/MILO/NSC Swim Splash Junior Swimming Meet – Leg 2 Melaka MASA
Jul 21-28 FINA World Championships Gwangju KOR
Jul 24 – Aug 4 World Para Swimming Championships Kuching SAR
Jul 27-28 Asum/Milo/Sport Excel age group Diving Cheras KL
Aug 3-4 NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit – Grand Final Cheras KL
Sept 6-8 Asian Diving Cup (Tokyo 2020 Qualifying) Bkt Jalil Asum
Sept 22-3 Oct 10th Asian Age Group swimming Championships Hydrabad India
Oct 4 – 6 ASUM/MILO/NSC Mid-Long Distance Swimming Meet Bukit Jalil KL
TBA FINA Diving Certification School Bukit Jalil MAS
Nov 15-17 FINA Diving Grand Prix  #6 Bukit Jalil MAS
TBA FINA Diving Grand Prix  #7 Gold Coast AUS
TBA FINA Diving Grand Prix  #8 SGP SGP
Nov 21-24 38th National Inter-Club Swimming Championships – President Cup Shah Alam PADE
Nov 30–Dec12 Sea Games Manila Philippines
TBA Asean Para Games Manila Philippines
Dec 6-8 61st  Milo/Pram Malaysia Open Water Polo Championships Ipoh ASAP

2nd Edition dated: 2 Nov 2018 TBA- To Be Advised TBC- To Be Confirmed

The NST : National swimmers break men’s 4x100m freestyle national record

KUALA LUMPUR: The quartet of Keith Lim, Welson Sim, Chan Jie and Foong Wei Tze smashed the men’s 4x100m freestyle national record by 0.73 seconds to finish sixth at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Wednesday.

They clocked 3:21.06 to erase their national record of 3:21.79 set at last year’s Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

It was Malaysia’s second national record at the games after Welson’s feat in the 800m freestyle on Monday.

Japan, anchored by Juran Mizohata, set the new games record by clocking 3:12.68s for the gold medal, followed by China (3:13.29) and Singapore (3:17.22)

Results of SportExcel Grand Final 2018

Congratulations to the age group champions and champion club of the recently concluded SportExcel ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Swimming Circuit, Grand Final 2018 held in Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur Sports City from 11th August to 12th August, 2018.

The winners are :

Group 4 Girls – Chong Xin Lin (DSA Swimming Club)

Group 4 Boys – Joshua Yin Hao Zhe (Chinese Swimming Club)

Group 3 Girls – Tan Rouxin (Johor Bahru EZY Swim Club)

Group 3 Boys – Dohi Tetsuharu (Aquasplash Swimming Club)

Group 2 Girls – Nessa Yip (Pade-Supersharkz Swimming Club)

Group 2 Boys – Bryan Leong (Cempaka Swimming Club)

Champion Club – Pade-Supersharkz Swimming Club

 

Download Full Results here.

 

 

The Star : Malaysia finish overall champions in Asean Schools Games

PETALING JAYA: A seven-gold rush helped Malaysia to finish as overall champions in the Asean Schools Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Golds from squash, badminton, volleyball and swimming on the final day of competition yesterday saw the host contingent finish on top with 37 golds, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes.

Indonesia, who had announced their intention to become overall champions on their arrival here, settled for second with 31-36-30. Malaysia ended undefeated in the boys’ and girls’ squash team events with wins over the Philippines (3-0) and Indonesia (3-0) respectively.

Noor Aina Amani beat Yee Xin Ying 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 in an-all Malaysian final affair later.

Yap Roi King-Gan Jing Er beat Indonesians Reezky Alfarez-Ayu Gary Luna Maharani 21-14, 21-17 for the mixed doubles title.

Roi King later combined with Ooi Jhy Dar to beat teammates Wan Muhammad Arif Junaidi-Wyman Goh 21-18, 21-12 in the boys’ doubles final.

Malaysia also contested the boys’ and girls’ singles finals but lost both.

Jacky Kok lost to Indonesia’s Nur Yahya 12-21, 22-20, 19-21. Indonesia also claimed the girls’ singles title through Aisah Galuh Maheswari, who overcame K. Letshanaa 13-21, 21-12, 23-21.

Swimmer Sebastian Soon clinched his third gold medal in as many days in the boys’ 1,500m freestyle. Sebastian, who set a new national record in the 400m individual event on Monday, came out tops in the 1,500m race in 16:09.87.

The boys’ volleyball team claimed the last gold for Malaysia by beating Indonesia 3-1 in the final.

“I’m happy to see very good performances in almost all the sports we took part in. Athletics, gymnastics and squash helped push us to the top spot.

“It is the third time we won the overall title,” said Malaysian head of contingent Zainal Abas, who is also the national athletics chief coach.

Malaysia were also overall champions when they hosted the Asean Schools Games in 2010 and they achieved the feat for the second time in the Philippines in 2014.

In Singapore last year, Malaysia finished fourth overall.

In athletics, Malaysia delivered 10-12-8 while making a clean sweep of all the six gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2018/07/26/supreme-at-home-malaysia-finish-overall-champions-in-asean-schools-games/#eqkXaXD9cj7BOGcm.99

The Star : Welson shows he’s ready for Asian Games after Europe high

PETALING JAYA: Swimmer Welson Sim (pic) showed he is ready for a splashing time at the Asian Games in Indonesia in August following good results in the just concluded Mare Nostrum Series in Europe.

Sarawak-born Welson bagged two silver medals for Malaysia in the middle distance freestyle events in the final leg of the series in Monaco.

Welson posted 3:52.37 for his first silver medal in the men’s 400m freestyle final behind Norway’s Henrik Christiansen, who came out tops in 3:51.07.

Interestingly, a potential Asian Games rival Takeda Shogo of Japan finished fourth (3:54.64) behind third-placed Jeremy Bagshaw of Canada (3:53.66).

Welson holds the national record of 1:47.36 for the 200m freestyle and 3:49.48 for the 400m distance.

Welson bagged a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle final in the second leg of the series in Barcelona, Spain two weeks ago.

The Malaysian swimmers did not take part in the first leg in Canet, France.

“Welson had some good racing against an extremely strong field as usual in the Mare Nostrum,” said swimming coach Paul Birmingham.

“These next six weeks of training will be crucial for him before we go to the Asian Games,”

Welson, a double gold medallist at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year, was not the only Malaysian making an impact in the much competitive European swim meet.

Keith Lim did well to set a new national mark in the men’s 50m freestyle event in Monaco.

Keith clocked 23.10 to break the previous national mark of 23.17 in the short sprint race held by Alwyn Tan since 2015. Keith’s effort saw him ranked 13th overall.

Tern Jian Han finished eighth in the men’s 50m backstroke (26.62) and seventh in the 100m distance (58.00).

Rio Olympian swimmer Phee Jinq En finished 10th in the women’s 100m breaststroke final (1:09.31).

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/swimming/2018/06/22/simply-superb-welson-shows-hes-ready-for-asian-games-after-europe-high/#KB8dclXDtv027V7d.99

NST : Welson swims ‘slow’ to his third Malaysian Open gold

By Jumiati Roslyju – May 6, 2018 @ 9:50pm

KUALA LUMPUR: A shoulder injury did not stop swimmer Welson Sim from winning his third gold medal on the final day of the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The Sarawakian clocked a ‘slow’ 16:18.35s for the 1,500m freestyle gold to add to the 200m and 400m freestyle he won earlier.

It is a mediocre time considering that Welson had clocked his personal best of 15:28.00 in March.

Kuala Lumpur’s Wong Jun Bin (16:19.93) won silver, followed by Sabah’s Wong Venn Chieh (16:39.49).

“I did not push myself as I did not want to aggravate my shoulder problem,” said Welson.

Johor’s Wong Fu Kang won the 50m breaststroke in 28.76. “I may have won but I am not happy as I failed to break my national record (28.59),” said Fu Kang.

Hong Kong emerged as overall champions with 20 gold, eight silver and two bronze, followed by Selangor (7-11-9) and Johor (4-5-4).

The Star : Pandelela gives season-best show to reach individual final

Diving - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Womens 10m Platform Final - Optus Aquatic Centre - Gold Coast, Australia - April 12, 2018. Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia in action. REUTERS/David Gray

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandelela Rinong (pic) served a surprise by qualifying for the women’s 10m platform individual final in the Diving World Series finale in Kazan, Russia.

Pandelela gave a season-best display to finish second in the first semi-final group yesterday, thus earning a place in the top-six final.

Pandelela posted 72.00, 62.35, 67.20, 78.40 and 76.80 to finish with 356.75 points.

North Korea’s Kim Mi-rae scored 359.65 points to top the first semi-final contest.

Russian Iuliia Timoshinina grabbed the last ticket from the first semi-final group with 351.10 points.

The top three divers from each semi-final grouping make the cut for the final and there was a shock as China’s Si Yajie, the world champion in 2013, missed the cut.

Si Yajie finished fourth after fumbling in her fourth dive, earning 52.80 for a total of 340.80 points.

Si Yajie combined with Lin Shan to win gold in the 10m platform synchro event on Friday.

Pandelela is the only Malaysian representative after reigning world champion Cheong Jun Hoong managed fifth with 296.10 points.

Pandelela partnered Jun Hoong to take bronze in the 10m platform synchro event on Friday, capping a perfect end to their campaign in the prestigious series.

Pandelela will have to be at her best to end her medal drought in the individual final.

Besides Mi-rae, the Sarawak-born diver will have to fight it out with reigning Olympic champion Ren Qian of China, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games champion Melissa Wu of Australia and another North Korean Kim Kuk-hyang, the world champion in 2015.

Ren Qian qualified first from the second semi-final group (361.35) ahead of Melissa (358.60) and Kuk-hyang (350.90).

“It is a high-quality final field with Olympic and world championship winners present.

“If Pandelela can stay consistent, there is a chance to get a medal,” said coach Zhang Yukun.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/diving/2018/05/06/in-form-on-platform-pandelela-gives-seasonbest-show-to-reach-individual-final/#KKx0tStHjQOGq2K4.99