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YTM sets five new records

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, Yang Teramat Mulia Pg Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim, and YTM Pg Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah pose for a photo during the Brunei Open and Masters Short Course Swimming Championships at International School Brunei yesterday. YTM Pg Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim broke five national junior age group records during the championships yesterday

BY YEE CHUN LEONG

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - YANG Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim swam his way to five new national junior age group (nine years old) records on the final day of the 1st Brunei Open And Masters (Short Course) Swimming Championship yesterday. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, was present to watch his son compete at the International School Brunei (ISB) swimming pool.

Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah and YTM Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah were also in attendance.

YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim had already set four new age group short course (25-metre) records on Saturday in the 100m backstroke (1:57.05), 100m freestyle (1:29.97), 50m breaststroke (59.44s) and 50m butterfly (55.52s) events.

Swimming under the banner of ISB Hammerheads in the men’s 24 and under category, the nine-year-old started off yesterday with the 50m backstroke event with a time of 53.11s bettering his seed time of 56s.

YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim then produced a time of 2:10.16 in the 100m breaststroke event eclipsing his previous time of 2:13.10.

The third record was set in the 100m IM (Individual Medley) event with a time of 1:54.30 followed by the 200m backstroke event with a time of 4:07.72.

YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim then completed his campaign contesting in the 50m freestyle event clocking 42.44s.

Organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA), the two-day event attracted some 103 swimmers with 453 registered entries in the Open and Masters categories.

The Masters category was sub-divided into three Age Groups: 25-34 years old; 35-44 years old; and 45 years old and above.

The youngest swimmer was aged seven years old while the oldest at 75 years old.

Besides the ISB Hammerheads, other clubs that participated in the competition over the weekend were Brunei Speed Swimming Club, Dolphin Swimming Club, Jerudong Swimming Club and Panaga Stingrays.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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