BY Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam’s swimmers Ashley Chai and Emma Yusuf etched their names into the record books after they achieved new national open records during the 7th Brunei Sprints Swimming Championships at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool recently.
Ashley, who performed under the banner of Peak Performance Swim Club, clocked a time of 1:10.51s to set a new national open record in the 100m butterfly. The 19-year-old eclipsed Maria Koh’s 12-year record of 1:12.01s which she recorded at the 2008 Sukma Games in Terengganu.
Emma, who represented Hammerhead Swimming Club, broke a 30-year old national open record in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:19.74s. She bettered a time of 1:20.17s, previously set by Hajah Nuralia binti Haji Rahim in Bangkok in 1990. In the overall standings, Peak Performance Swim Club topped the medal count with 41 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze followed by Hammerhead Swimming Club with 31 gold, 30 silver and 22 bronze. Jerudong Swimming Club finished third with five gold, three silver and seven bronze.
Photos show Ashley Chai (above) and Emma Yusuf with their gold medals at the podium. PHOTOS: BASA
Ten local teams and three overseas teams from Philippines and East Malaysia competed in the two-day event.
Other teams were Dolphin Swimming Club, Blue Shark Swimming Club, Brunei Speed Swimming Club, Labuan Aquatics Association, Petroleum Miri Recreational Club, Slrt Swimming Club, LifeSkillSwim School, Kbpiranha Swimming Team and PSI Swimming Club.
The event served as a qualifying meet for the 44th Southeast Asian Age Group in Malaysia in June and the 12th ASEAN Schools Games in the Philippines in November.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin