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).

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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.

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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.

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