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.”


55th MIAG 2019

Welcome to the 55th MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

Follow the meet in the National Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur Sports City, Bukit Jalil from 7th March to 10th March, 2019.

Results can be viewed here or via Meet Mobile Apps.

ASUM 2019 Calendar







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