YTM Pg Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim impresses

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Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (L) competing in the men’s 50m freestyle at yesterday’s 5th Brunei Open and Masters Swimming Championship 2016 at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. Picture: BT/Khaliq Roziman



BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - YANG Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim set new personal marks in three events at the 5th Brunei Open and Masters Swimming Championship 2016 yesterday.

Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah graced the event at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. Swimming under the banner of International School Brunei (ISB), YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim set his new personal best in the men’s 100m backstroke event with a time of 2:01.31 — bettering his previous time of 2:06.44.

YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim then clocked a time of 42.08s in the men’s 50m freestyle event — an improvement from his seed time of 42.25s.

In the men’s 50m breaststroke event, YTM Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim recorded a time of 57.46s, improving on his previous time of 59.21s.

This year’s edition of the tournament has seen a significant drop in participation with only 159 swimmers registered compared to last year’s 204.

“Due to this being the exam season, we have less swimmers competing at the tournament this year,” explained tournament organiser Ang Beng Siong yesterday.

“We were supposed to organise the tournament earlier this month but it was postponed due to technical issues.

“Though we have less swimmers this year, we have more local swimmers taking part this time around… Seven of the nine clubs competing are local.

“This is good because the national coach (Eric Landa) is currently in the process of scouting for swimmers for the national team.

“This is also the best time for the existing national swimmers to gauge their level as they prepare for some tournaments at the end of this year,” he added.

This year’s tournament also saw the ‘masters’ category introduced for the first time.

“From this year onwards we will have juniors to veterans swimming, so it will be very exciting to watch,” added Ang.

Organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA), nine clubs - Brunei Speed Swimming Club, Dolphin Swimming Club, Jerudong Swimming Club, ISB, Panaga Stingrays, Petroleum Recreational Club, Royal Brunei Recreation Club (RBRC), Miri Amateur Swimming Association (MASA) and the Miri-based Pujut Swimming Club - are vying for top honours at the competition this year.

RBRC emerged as champions last year after bagging 12 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze medals.

MASA were second with 11 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals while Dolphin Swimming Club were third with seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

The tournament continues today.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times