The Star : Jian Han wants to break more of Alex’s records


SWIMMER Tern Jian Han (pic) is setting his sights on new goals after ending his campaign at the Commonwealth Games with mixed reactions.

The 22-year-old is targeting to break two more of Alex Lim Keng Liat’s national records – the 100m and 200m backstroke – this year.

The Johor-born swimmer already took out one of Alex’s records – the 50m backstroke – when he clocked 25.60 in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games.

Unfortunately, Jian Han could not improve on his timing in the final.

He only managed a time of 25.96 to finish last out of eight swimmers in the final at the Optus Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Mitch Larkin led an Australian 1-2-3 with a time of 24.68, followed by Benjamin Treffers (24.84) and Zac Incerti (25.06).

“I was quite disappointed that I didn’t manage to improve on my timing but I’m happy to have made the final in the first place,” said Jian Han.

“I really couldn’t ask for more this time although I know where I need to improve on now.

“But with that said, I’m also setting new goals for myself this year. I want to break Alex’s two more records.

“I think my timing is not too far off in the 100m and 200m. But I will take it one step at a time and focus on the 100m first.

“Besides that, my goal is also to do well at the Asian Games.”

“Coach Paul Birmingham has already instructed us to start training for it once we return from the Commonwealth Games,” added Jian Han.

Meanwhile, butterfly specialist Chan Jie also had mixed reactions to his Games campaign.

The 22-year-old met his own target by making the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly.

But he couldn’t do any better as he clocked 54.56, off his personal best of 54.05, to finish sixth.

“I’m happy to make the semi-finals but I’m not really satisfied with the timing. It’s not a personal best,” said the Selangor-born swimmer.

“I trained to swim faster but I couldn’t make it. Now I need to go back and work harder because I still want to break the national record.”

Daniel Bego holds the 100m butterfly national record with a time of 53.33 set during the World Championships in 2009.


The Star : Jian Han breaks 16-year national record to reach final in Gold Coast

GOLD COAST: Tern Jian Han made yet another big splash as he smashed Alex Lim Keng Liat’s 16-year national record in the 50m backstroke event.

The 22-year-old clocked a time of 25.60 en route to finishing sixth in the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.

The time was good enough to erase Alex’s time of 25.67, which was recorded during the 2002 Manchester Games.

The superb effort also earned Jian Han a place in the final as he qualified as the fifth fastest swimmer.

He is the second Malaysian to make the final at this Games.

Welson Sim made the final in the 400m freestyle on Thursday but only finished seventh.


The Star : Welson splashes into 400m final in Gold Coast


GOLD COAST: Welson Sim ended Malaysia’s long absence in the pools by making the final of the men’s 400m freestyle event.

The 21-year-old splashed his way to a fourth place finish in his heat with a time of 3:51.78 at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

It was certainly not his best timing as it was way off his personal best and national record time of 3:49.48.

But it was just enough for the Sarawakian to squeeze into the final as he was the eighth fastest swimmer.

It is still an achievement for Welson as he is the first Malaysian swimmer in 12 years to make the final at Commonwealth Games.

Alex Lim Keng Liat was the last swimmer to make the final when he made swam in the 50m backstroke event at the 2006 Melbourne Games.

“I think a 3:51 timing in the morning session and to finish fourth in my heats is not too bad,” said a relieved Welson.

“It’s actually quite a dangerous placing and I knew I was just hanging in there but I’m glad to make the final.”

Welson, whose best achievement was winning the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monte Carlo, Monaco last year, will return for the final in the evening session.



The NST : Diving targets four medals, none for swimming

By Aida Adillah Mat

KUALA LUMPUR: The success of national diver Cheong Jun Hoong in upstaging China’s much fancied divers in becoming a world champion has put the national divers in a class of their own leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15.

However, the danger, or rather threat from English, Canadian and Australian divers cannot be taken lightly.

Looking at the achievements from four years ago at the 2014 Glasgow edition, England dominated the medal haul by winning four golds, followed by Canada (3) and Australia (2). Malaysia did not return from the Games empty handed at the time thanks to Ooi Tze Liang who struck gold in the 2m springboard.

However, the good partnership and understanding between Jun Hoong and the country’s other top female diver, Pandelela Rinong who teamed up to win silver in the 10m synchronised platform at the recent Fina World Series in Beijing, China has brought newfound hope that the national diving team can do better this time round compared to four years ago.

Though the national diving camp is fretting over the injuries to Jun Hoong, Pandelela and Leong Mun Yee as they race against time to get fit and ready for competition.

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) honorary secretary, Mae Chen said that the three divers injuries are not that serious and that the divers preparations are going according to plan so they remain optimistic and confident in being able to do well in Gold Coast.

Mae Chen added that realistically the national divers will be aiming to win four medals which was achieved four years ago in Glasgow (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze).

The good form of young divers such as Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya and Jellson Jabillin are also being banked on as Nur Dhabitah Sabri form has been inconsistent of late.

“I just hope that all the national divers will be able to perform at the Games. Even though Dhabitah did not perform very well at the two recent Fina World Series meets, We are all hoping that she will be back at her best in Gold Coast,” she said.

Meanwhile, five national swimmers, Welson Sim, Chan Jie Tern Jian Han, Keith Lim and Malaysia’s sole female swimmer, Caroline Chan will carry Malaysia’s hopes into the competition pool in Gold Coast.

Based on their recent achievements and timings, any target of a medal is realistically out of reach.

In fact, coach Paul Birmingham has also admitted that the national swimmers do not stand much of a chance in winning medals because they will be competing against world and Olympic champions whose performance and timings are far superior.


Young junior swimmers awarded the Malaysia All Stars recognition

At the recent Malaysian International Age Group Swimming Championships 2018, ASUM launched the Malaysian Swimming All Star Program. The initiative has been designed to recognise and encourage our high achieving junior swimmers. Too often only our medal winners are recognised at the junior level and it is important to reward and motivate those athletes who may not yet be physically ready to challenge for medals but are still swimming fast times.

The All Star Qualifying standards were set for each event and each age group. The standards are expected to be roughly equal to a top 10 performance in the races. All swimmers that exceeded the qualifying times qualified to be a Malaysian All Star and received a certificate and All Star swim cap to recognise their achievement.

We will be continuing the All Star Program next year an we hope the program will continue to inspire our hardworking athletes to continue to train hard.

All Star Swimmers by state :

Selangor (45) , Kuala Lumpur (42), Sabah (22), Penang (22), Johor (14), Melaka (13), Sarawak (8), Perak (4), Negeri Sembilan (1), Pahang (1), Terengganu (1),

ASUM congratulates all swimmers for the great achievement.


Paul Birmingham

Head Coach
Malaysian National Swim Team



NST : Azizulhasni, Jun Hoong honoured at National Sports Awards

By Aida Adilah Mat – March 14, 2018


PETALING JAYA: As expected, reigning world champions Azizulhasni Awang and Cheong Jun Hoong were named as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the 2017 National Sports Awards on Tuesday.

Track cyclist Azizulhasni, a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, won the keirin gold medal at the World Championships in Hong Kong in April last year to become the first ever Malaysian to wear the rainbow jersey.

Diver Jun Hoong was equally impressive at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest last July.

The Ipoh-born ended the dominance of China divers by winning the women’s 10m platform individual gold medal.

It is Jun Hoong’s first Sportswoman of the Year award and is Azizulhasni’s third win after 2009 and 2010.

Azizulhasni said he is honoured to be recognised for his achievements.

“I am very grateful to be named Sportsman of the Year for 2017. The is the third time I have won the most prestigious award for athletes in Malaysia,” said Azizulhasni.

“Winning this makes all the hard work, sacrifices and challenges I had faced worthwhile.

“It will definitely inspire me to strive for greater heights. I am now determined to do well at the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Indonesia Asian Games.”

Azizulhasni added that he hopes his fellow Malaysian athletes will all work hard to achieve greater success.

The duo received RM20,000 in prize money, a trophy and a certificate each which was presented by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Jun Hoong, however, did not attend the awards as she is currently in Japan for the second leg of the Diving World Series.


Daily Express East Malaysia : Home / Sport News – Sasa appreciative of Asum support

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Sasa appreciative of Asum support
Published on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) was praised for their input in the just concluded 51st Sabah Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2018 held at the Likas Sports Complex over the weekend.
Some 460 swimmers from Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan, Penampang, Brunei and Likas participated in the meet co-organised by Sabah Aquatic Sports Association (Sasa) and Sea Dragon Swimming Club.

Sasa President Anthony Kiob was thankful to Asum for their support on the technical side led by Fina certified instructor Chee Pao Kam.

“We are pleased with the support given by Asum technical officials to upgrade the local swimming technical skill in the pool.

“I hope Sasa will continue to collaborate with Asum to gain more advance knowledge and skill for the benefit of the whole swimming fraternity in the State.”

He also hoped that Sasa would organise more technical courses in the near future to source for more national level officials.

“We must recognise that our local technical and control room team had gained a lot during this meet under the guidance of Asum, and I am grateful to Asum for giving Sabah an opportunity to find more suitable candidates as technical officials to officiate in the National Age Group and Malaysia Open which will be held in March and May in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.”

Anthony was also pleased with the overall results derived from the swimmers in the meet.

“I am proud to say that there is an increase in the number of swimmers qualified to attend Malaysia Age Group in Bukit Jalil on March 15-18 and this is due to the hard work and dedication of both coaches and swimmers.

“This time we have 20 as compared to 16 last year. They are Jay Lo, Samuel Ng, Yipp Sin Hung, Gerald Tsen, Edwin Law, Adrian Frederic, Eddie Law, Sharifah Destinee, Loo Yie Bing, Beverly Lai, Loo Yie Cheng, Yong Xing Ru, Shane Chong, Chu Xin Ying, Lovell Wong, Yong Zi Yi, Lo Meng Sum, Logan Wong, Hollymax Bell and Sharon Voon.”

“We must say this is the hard work and dedication of both coaches and swimmers to see such improvement including an increased number of new meet and state records.”

He added that Sasa and coaches will use the SAG results as selection for state athletes in Sukma Perak 2018.

Meanwhile, Sea Dragon Swimming Club (SDSC) was the overall champion followed by Penampang District Swimming Association (Preps) and Sandakan Swimming Association Sabah (SSA).

Anthony said it is great to note that coaches are working cordially to promote the sports to source new junior talents.

“We thank all the coaches for their dedication and commitment to make swimming a success and bring glory for Sabah.

He also disclosed that there will be a novice competition in May this year organized by Sasa.

The main aim is to provide additional avenue and platform for the development of junior swimming talent to mature into state and national and international level.

He thanked MSN for their continuous financial support and also Sabah Sports Board for the provision of facilities for routine training as well as National Institute of Sports for rendering sports science services to coaches and swimmers.– GL Oh

Malaysians All Star Program


The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia would like to announce the introduction of the
Malaysian Swimming All Star program. This initiative has been designed to recognise our high achieving junior swimmers in Malaysia and to encourage their continued hard work in the training pool.

This year at the 2018 National Age Group Championships we will be awarding recognition All
Star swim caps and certificates to our best young junior swimmers. All swimmers that reach
the qualification time standards attached below will receive the signature cap and certificate
(athletes are limited to 1 cap/certificate). The time is to be swum at the National Age Group
Championships only.


SEA Age Group 2018 Qualifying Times

ASUM is pleased to announce the SEA Age Group 2018 qualifying times as follows:


Selection criteria:
The swimmers will be selected based on the following conditions:
1) The Main Qualifying meet will be MIAG 2018. However results from the ASUM/MILO Sportexcel Swimming Championship 2018 may also be considered.
2) A swimmer must have competed in MIAG 2018, unless granted an exemption by the selection committee, due to illness where evidence will need to be provided
3) Only the top 6 swimmers in each age group will be considered.
4) Selection Priority:
a. Automatic selection: Time set to be at least equal to the silver medal time for the SEA Age Group 2017.
b. Consideration: Time set to be at least equal to the 5th placing for SEA Age Group 2017. Only the fastest 2 swimmers having met the 5th placing will be considered.
c. Development: In the event there are still slots available, the swimmers with the highest FINA pointscore from MIAG 2018 and have been selected into the National Junior Squad, will be considered.
5) The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.