SWIMMER Welson Sim (pic) wrapped up his campaign at the Commonwealth Games with a creditable showing.
The 21-year-old clocked a time of 15:31.14, just off his personal best of 15:28.34, to finish fifth in the men’s 1,500m freestyle final at the Optus Aquatic Centre yesterday.
Australia’s Jack McLoughlin led the way from start to finish with a time of 14:47.09 while Wales Daniel Jervis finished second (14:48.67) and Olympic champion Mack Horton came in third (14:51.05).
“I’m just short off my personal best but that’s fine because I wasn’t really tapered for this event,” said Welson.
“Overall, it’s been a decent campaign and I know where I need to improve next, added Welson, who made the men’s 400m freestyle final last week.
That was a major achievement as Malaysia never had a swimmer in the final since Alex Lim Keng Liat’s feat in 2006 Melbourne Games.
Meanwhile, para swimmer Carmen Lim can walk tall after putting up a memorable Games debut when the 17-year-old clocked 35.95 in the heats to set a new Asean record in the women’s S8 50m freestyle.
The sweet one-armed girl however only managed 36.85 in the final for a fifth place.
“It felt good to break the record and I hoped to go faster in the final but I ran out of breath in the last 25m,” said Carmen.
“Still its a good showing in my first Commonwealth Games and I’m quite honoured to swim against the top five swimmers of my category,” said the Wales-based swimmer, who is looking to qualify for the Para Asian Games in Jakarta.
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