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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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 : Welson brushes aside injury to bag 400m freestyle gold

All smiles: Welson Sim posing with the gold medal after winning the men’s 400m freestyle of the Malaysian Open at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — M. Azhar Arif/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Welson Sim shook off a heel injury to defend his men’s 400m freestyle title in the Malaysian Open swimming championships in Bukit Jalil.

The Sarawak-born swimmer may have not been at his best at the National Aquatic Centre yesterday but still had enough power to finish ahead of fellow national training partner Yeap Zheng Yang in 3:57.89.

Zheng Yang took the silver for Selangor in 4:00.30 ahead of India’s Sajan Prakash, who posted 4:06.20 for the bronze.

Welson is the national record holder with 3:49.48 and he also holds the meet record of 3:53.26.

Welson was, nevertheless, satisfied with the effort considering he did not push himself.

“I consider this as a training event and I don’t want to go all out as I injured my left heel while training on land two weeks ago.

“In fact, it got worse last week when I tried to push in training. It is better now and I just pace myself as my goal is to be at my best for the Asian Games in Indonesia in August,” said Welson, who bagged two golds at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year in new record times.

Welson has decided not to swim the 100m freestyle event today.

“It is a sprint event and I want to rest well as I have the 200m freestyle on Saturday and the 1,500m freestyle on Sunday.”

National swimmers Tern Jian Han and Chan Jie also did well to go within a touching distance of the national record in their respective pet events.

Jian Han won the men’s 50m backstroke event in 25.67, just outside his own national record of 25.60 set at the Gold Coast Commmonwealth Games last month.

In Gold Coast, Johor-born Jian Han broke Alex Lim Keng Liat’s national record of 25.67 set 16 years ago en route to earn a place in the 50m backstroke final.

Chan Jie claimed the men’s 100m butterfly gold medal in 53.87, not too far off the national record of 53.33 set by Daniel Bego back in 2009.

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The Star : Welson puts up an overall decent showing Down Under

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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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.

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