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Records tumble at swimming championship (2019)

Jacqueline Lim

BY Khairil Hassan

TWO National Open records and 14 championship records were broken during the 4th Brunei Open & Masters Swimming Championships at the International School Brunei (ISB) 25m pool last weekend.

A total of 11 clubs participated in the two-day competition organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) with support from the Youth and Sports Department, with 146 swimmers competing for the 168 medals at stake.

Fourteen-year-old Emma Yusuf, representing the Hammerhead Swimming Club, broke her own National Open record set last year in the same championship by more than four seconds to set a new record time of 3:00.49s in the 200m breaststroke.

Panaga Stingrays’ Jacqueline Lim, 26, rewrote the 400m Individual Medley record with a time of 6:28.92s, shaving off more than one minute from the previous record.

Muhammad Isa Ahmad, 21, emerged with the most medals by nabbing 10 gold medals as well as breaking seven championship records in the process.

FROM LEFT: Nur Hamizah Ahmad, Emma Yusuf and Muhammad Isa Ahmad in a group photo. – PHOTOS: BASA

His elder sister, Nur Hamizah Ahmad, 24, marked her comeback after a five-year hiatus by winning four gold and one silver medals. She also went on to break three championship records. Both represented the Hammerheads Swimming Club.

Muhammad Isa, who just flew back one day before the competition from London where he is based, said, “It is good to be back and though I am a little tired after the long flight, I am pleased with my performances.

“I will be looking forward to do my time trials for this year’s SEA Games in the upcoming Brunei Age Group next month and hope to qualify for it.”

The 27th Brunei Age Group Swimming Championships will be held from April 19-21 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Swimming Pool Complex.

It will serve as a qualifying meet for the SEA Age Group meet in June as well as the SEA Games at the end of the year.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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