BY Fadhil Yunus
The recently concluded 7th Brunei Sprints Swimming Championships witnessed swimmers up their game to greater heights as their achievements yielded three new national records and five new age group records at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Swimming Pool.
Brunei Darussalam junior swimmer Emma Yusuf etched her name into the record books after breaking two national open records in the women’s 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke events.
The 15-year-old, who performed under the banner of Hammerhead Swimming Club, broke Amanda Liew’s record of 35.90s with a revised time of 35.59s in the 50m breaststroke.
Hajah Nuralia Rahim’s record in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:20.17s in Bangkok, Thailand had stood for 30 years until Emma smashed the record with a time of 1:19.74s.
Having already acquired ownership of three national open records in recent times, Ashley Chai added the women’s 100m butterfly to her collection when she posted a time of 1:10.51s, subsequently eclipsing Maria Grace Koh’s 12-year-old record of 1:12.01s in the process.
Meanwhile, Joel Ling broke the age group record in the 100m backstroke for 14-15 year-old-boys after he managed a time of 1:05.34s, breaking the record previously set by Christian Nikles with a time of 1:05.74s.
Emma’s new set of national records were also new age group records for 14-15 year-old-girls.
Breanna Lee Le Er, who stormed to multiple titles during the meet, accomplished a new age group record in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:44.85s, surpassing Ashley Chai’s time of 2:45.66s.
Danniel Chan also set a new age group record in the 50m backstroke for nine-year- old boys after he recorded a time of 44.54s, eclipsing Joshua Young’s old time of 44.61s.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin