Saturday, 22 July 2017

IBSC Team Briefing - 6th Sel Arena Short Course Sprint Invitational 2017



Attention to IBSC swimmers,

Swimmers who are participating in the 6th Selangor Arena Short Course Sprint Invitational 2017 scheduled on 28-30 July, 2017 at Shah Alam are required to attend a team briefing.

Date    : 26 July, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time   : 6:30 pm
Venue : Cheras Pool, Bandar Tun Razak

School leave letters will be distributed in due course.


Your attendance is appreciated.

Regards,
Vincent Low
Team Manager


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

IBSC swimmers made a big splash at 2017 ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash, Leg 1


The ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim, Leg 1 for 2017 has just concluded last Sunday 16 July, 2017 at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur after a 3-day stiff competition among 774 swimmers from 34 swim clubs in Malaysia. Team IBSC sent the biggest contingent of 171 swimmers and the club is happy to expose so many junior athletes, some of whom are first timers.

IB's talented swimmer, Ng Zi Syuen proved the girl's power when she splashed her way to all golds in her 8 individual events that she participated in, and along the way she charted 5 PBs.

12 year old, Zi Syuen also broke the 50m breaststroke (36.86) and renewed her own timing in 100m breaststroke (1:19.75) in the Group 3 Girls event. Her superb performance also helped her team mates won all golds in the relay events. Zi Syuen collected 88 points as top performer of the club.

Ng Zi Syuen, amassed 8 gold
From left, Ng Zi Syuen, Teo Sze Hui, Vanessa Wong and Cliona Tan formed a strong relay team despite mostly being at disadvantaged year 

Ng K-Yang, in Group 3 boys, as anticipated, cornered the breaststroke events when he emerged first with new PBs in the 50m breast (33.44) and 100m breast (1:14.93), both smashing the meet records. A new rookie in Group 3 boys, Harry Chong, sprung up a pleasant surprise bronze in 100m breaststroke (1:19.16).

Ashley Ting, also collected quiet many points as she gathered 1 gold in 100m backstroke (1:11.79), 4 silver and 5 bronze in her individual events.

Junior sprinter, Tobin Sia,  showed an amazing performance in the Group 4 boys when he bagged 1 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze in individual events. He broke the 50m backstroke record with a new time of 34.95. Tobin later teamed up with his peers to win 4 gold in all 4 relays events with all new meet records time.


Group 4 boys, from left, Sew Jia Wei, Tobin Sia, Teo Zun Jet and Nicholas Long accompanied by Coach Shazali and Coach Kamal

Siblings Teo Sze Hui and Teo Zun Jet each pocketed a gold in their 100m fly and 50m breast events respectively and added a couple of medals too in the relays.

In the youngest Group 5 boys, 8 year old Muhammad Dhuha, showed case his talent in the pool when he grabbed 4 silver and 1 bronze in his individual events.

The other points and medals achievers are shown below. Well done to all!





IBSC concluded the event with 14 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze for individuals events and swept 11 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze out of 30 relay events. IB accumulated 1112 narrowly behind the defending champion, DSA (1184). The team has given a healthy fight in good competitive spirit and is proud of the swimmers' achievements.

Many juniors got the chance to compete with some tasting sweet victory but most importantly they have the opportunities to learn more on techniques and rules of the race and hope to they will do better in the next competition.

The working committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all for the cooperation given by all the swimmers and parents during the 3-day event. Sincere thanks to team mates, En. Nizar and Vincent Chin, our Chaperones Choi Ling, Joan Choi and Lily, and all the coaches for their selfless contributions to make the meet a successful one.

See full results here.


CK Wong
Team Manger



See more photos here.




Saturday, 8 July 2017

Buy your 29th SEA Games 2017 tickets now


For sports enthusiasts eager to watch the 29th SEA Games 2017, Kuala Lumpur, please hurry to purchase your tickets online as some have been snapped up. Tickets can be purchased between RM10 to RM20 via this link.


The aquatic events from 17th to 30th August, 2017 seem to be very popular. Kindly refer to the schedule below.


Below is the order of events for Swimming.







The swimming events will be held at National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.




Check out more of SEA Games tickets.

#29thSEAGames2017


Friday, 7 July 2017

6 IBSC swimmers made it to 9th ASEAN School Games 2017 in Singapore

ASEAN School Games (ASG) is an annual games for high schools in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and organised under the authority of the ASEAN Schools Sports Council (ASSC). The ASSC is an apolitical regional sports council that promotes sports among member countries.


This year, 2017, the Ministry of Education (Singapore) will be hosting the 9th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) from 13 to 21 July 2017. 9 ASEAN countries will be participating ie.  Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The 10 sports that will be organised in this edition are Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics, Netball, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tenpin Bowling and Volleyball. Approximately 1800 athletes and officials are expected to participate in this event.

IBSC is extremely proud that 6 of its swimmers have been selected to participate in the 9th ASEAN School Games 2017 in Singapore which will be scheduled from 13-21 July, 2017.


Incidentally all males, they are (clockwise from top) Ng Kai Wen [left], Brandy Chew, Sebastian Soon, Low Ken Ji, Iqmal Muqhis bin Faizal and Steve Khiew Hoe Yean.

The athletes are required to check into a centralised training camp starting this weekend, from 9 - 12 July, 2017 at Johor Sports School prior to crossing the border for the competition.

Eagerly awaiting the camp and regional competition, they expressed their expectations and targets in the school games. Excerpted from the swimmers' messages to the club, they shared their aspiration and hope.
Ng Kai Wen, is feeling simply ecstatic and excited on his maiden appearance in the Asean School Games. "Swim all you can", he expressed it short and precise and "I just expect to improve on my timings", he added.
Sebastian Soon, currently training under the national team, felt excited having the opportunities to meet friends again from other states and countries during the camp and race. On his wish list, he said "I hope the camp will provide healthy food and comfortable place to rest so as to prepare us adequately for the School Games. I think I will perform better if my body condition is good, so lets see....  I  also hope to contribute to Malaysia by winning at least one medal in my pet event, the 400m IM."
Brandy Chew, was rather astonished when he found out his name was in the list of selected swimmers. He expressed "I am really happy that I qualify for ASG. I don't really have a high expectation of myself as the Asean School Games is a competition among all the best swimmers from other countries. All I hope is that I can hit a new personal best and learn something new from a meet of this big scale."
Low Ken Ji, hopes to do well in Singapore for ASG. In the camp, he also hopes to compare notes and see the performance of his team mates. He declared, "I feel that I may not be able to achieve 100% performance but nevertheless I will try my best and in the process hopefully I am able to hit my PBs during the meet."  
 Iqmal Muqhis, a happy-go-lucky guy, was kind of excited in going to the camp and race but with mixed feelings. "I have not been training much because of the fasting month but I will try to swim my best", he responded. "Hopefully I will improve on my time and get a medal"
Steve Khiew,  honoured to be selected once again to ASG, he conveyed "I expect the camp to be an exciting one. I will try my best to win some medals in the meet and hopefully bring back at least one gold for my country. 200m backstroke event could land me a good chance". He went on to say, "I would like to wish all my team mates the best of luck". 

IBSC also wishes all of them the best in the 9th ASEAN School Games 2017, Singapore.

Updates on the school games and results can be tracked via the host's link below.
https://www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/asg2017/desktop/

Meanwhile, the swimming timetable can be viewed here.

#Aseanschoolgames2017

IBSC Team Briefing - ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2017, Leg 1



Attention to IBSC swimmers,

If you are participating in the ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Swim Splash 2017, Leg 1 scheduled next weekend (14-16 July, 2017) at Cheras pool, please attend a team briefing as follows :

Date    : 12 July, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time   : 6:30 pm
Venue : Cheras Pool, Bandar Tun Razak
Agenda :
  • Team seating
  • F&B arrangement 
  • Scratching of events
  • Distribution of school leave letters 
  • Other matters
Your attendance is appreciated.

Regards,
CK Wong
Team Manager


Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Star : Jeffrey rooting for Welson to break his 1,500m freestyle national record at the KL Games

BY LIM TEIK HUAT


KUALA LUMPUR: There will be one special guest cheering on Malaysian swimmer Welson Sim as he bid for glory at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games next month.

And it’s none other than the Malaysia’s former king of long distance swimming Jeffrey Ong (pic).

The six-foot tall Jeffrey, a multiple SEA Games gold medallist himself, will be rooting for the 20-year-old Welson to break his (Jeffrey’s) long-standing men’s 1,500m freestyle national record when the swimming competition is held at the National Aquatics Centre in Bukit Jalil from Aug 21-26.

Penang-born Jeffrey clocked 15:23.61 when he earned a silver in the 1,500m freestyle at the World Games in Sheffield, United Kingdom in 1991. And the record still stands.

“It’s been too long. Twenty-six years if I’m not mistaken. I met Welson recently and he is a talented swimmer.

“Age is on his side. I hope he can break my national record and do well at the SEA Games next month. What better way to do that in front of the home crowd, right?.

“I will be there to see him swim and I know the atmosphere will be great,” said Jeffrey, 45.

Welson is the only swimmer with a fighting chance of beating Jeffrey’s national record in the 1,500m freestyle.

The Sarawakian, who already holds the 200m and 400m freestyle national records, clocked a personal best of 15:31.10 in 1,500m freestyle at the Singapore national age-group meet in March.

In his heyday, Jeffrey also ruled the middle and long distance swimming events at the Asian stage.

He was a double gold medallist in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle events in four straight SEA Games from Bangkok 1987 to Singapore 1993.

He also clinched a silver in men’s 200m freestyle in his final SEA Games appearance in Singapore.

Jeffrey also became the first Malaysian male swimmer to make the podium at the Asian Games when he bagged silver in the 1,500m freestyle in Beijing 1990.

He also represented the country at two Olympic Games – in Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992.

“Those were exciting days as a swimmer. I was also around Welson’s age when I set the national record,” recalled Jeffrey.

“Nowadays Asian swimmers need to go below 15 minutes or you can forget about making the finals at the world level.

“In my days, that wasn’t the case. In fact, I was the Asian record holder for three years with that time.”

Jeffrey is now involved in a different kind of sport. He is the regional commercial director for PGA Tour.

“I don’t play golf but I have had to learn now that I am in the industry. It’s kind of like a baby learning to swim,” he said in jest.


Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/swimming/2017/07/06/jeffrey-rooting-for-welson-to-break-his-1500m-freestyle-national-record-at-the-kl-games/#YfF5QCkWJlHDr4g4.99

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2017, Leg 2 , Melaka


Kindly be informed that Persatuan Renang Amatur Melaka will be hosting the Leg 2 of ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2017 at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka for swimmers aged 14 and below to spur interest in swimming for junior development and to tap new talents. See details below.

Dates                               :   22nd – 24th September, 2017 (Fri - Sun)
Venue                              :    Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka
Organizer                        :    Persatuan Renang Amatur Melaka
Rules                               :    FINA Rules applies
Date of Age Reckoning  :    1st January, 2017
Entry Closing Date         :    25th August, 2017 (Fri), 3:00 pm.
Team Manager Meeting  :   21st September, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Entries                             :   No limit to the number of swimmers or events
Entry Fees                       :   RM6/event and RM24/relay team
Rules                               :   Download here

The Order of Events are :




For IBSC members wishing to participate in the race, please download the entry form here. Cost of transport, accommodation and dinner is on own expense and arrangement. The Club will arrange for snacks and lunches during the competition. Kindly submit your entry form before 19 August, 2017.

For location of the pool, please refer to the map below.







Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pesta Renang MBPJ ke-12 2017



We are pleased to note that IBSC has received an invite from Stingray Swimming Club for non-state swimmers to participate in the 12th Pesta Renang MBPJ 2017 as follows :-

Date   
:
9 September, 2017 (Saturday)
Venue
:
Kelana Jaya Swimming Pool
Eligibility
:
Novice swimmers only
Date of reckoning
:
1 January, 2017
Entry fees
:
RM35 per swimmer; RM50 per family relay
IBSC’s deadline
:
31 July, 2017 (Mon)


Interested novice swimmers from IBSC can obtain the entry form from the office or download from the blog. State swimmers who wish to participate may swim as exhibitionist swimmers only.

Please download entry form, order of events and rules here.

Please return the form together with your entry fees to the office for further action latest by 31 July 2017.

Thank you for your attention.

Regards,
IBSC Swim Committee

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Star : Welson finishes fifth in 200m freestyle in Monte Carlo

BY LIM TEIK HUAT


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top swimmer Welson Sim finished a creditable fifth in the men’s 200m freestyle final in the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monte Carlo.

The 20-year-old Welson touched the wall in 1:49.61 to tie with Stanley Matthew of New Zealand for fifth in a world class field on Sunday.

Britain’s Guy James, the reigning world champion, won the race in 1:47.27 ahead of South African Brown Devon Myles (1:48.31).

Australian Mack Horton, the Rio Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle, took the last spot on the podium in 1:48.56.

Kuala Lumpur SEA Games-bound Welson made the nation proud when he claimed gold in the 400m freestyle on Saturday.

The Rio Olympian overtook Horton in the last 100m to set a new national record of 3:49.48 and claim his first ever win in the Mare Nostrum Tour.

Fellow Olympian Phee Jinq En’s bid for a medal ended when she finished eighth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final with a time of 33.09.

Chan Jie and Tern Jian Han finished fifth (55.21) and (57.02) in the men’s 100m butterfly B final.

Wong Fu Kang clocked 1:05.01 for seventh place in the men’s 100m breaststroke B final while Caroline Chan clocked 1:07.31 to be placed fourth in the women’s 100m backstroke B final.

The Malaysians will now proceed to the other legs in Barcelona, Spain (June 13-14), and Canet, France (June 17-18).


Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/swimming/2017/06/13/welson-finishes-fifth-in-200m-freestyle-in-monte-carlo/#UmAb1b7abBlI3wfU.99


38 IBSC swimmers qualified into SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit - Grand Final 2017



Congratulations to the swimmers who have made the cut as the top 24 swimmers for each event competed at the recent Leg 1 & 2 of the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2017, held in Shah Alam and Melaka respectively.

Those who qualify for the final leg will be able to try their best to grab some medals and points at the forthcoming SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit - Grand Final 2017 to be held at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur on 12 - 13 August, 2017 (Sat & Sun).

IBSC managed to increase its representation from 33 swimmers last year to 38 qualifiers this time in the Grand Final 2017. Well done to all and hope that the swimmers will try their best to cut more PBs in due course.

IBSC qualifiers are (in alphabetical order) :

Group 4 Boys
Group 4 Girls
Don Lim
Ho Jia Ming
Jareick Cheong
Teo Zun Jet
Tobin Sia

Chor Qi En
Liew Xiao Rou
Ng Lee Sze
Nur Ariessa Safiya
Teh Jade Lynn
Group 3 Boys
Group 3 Girls
Daud Agam bin Mirzani
Harry Chong Guang Ming
Medhavinz Seew Ravindran
Ng K-Yang
Ng Yi Xuan
Sean Chin Zi Feng
See Zhi-Hahn
Whisky Chew
Anna Lau Gen Yi
Chelsea Lee Ning
Ng Yen Sze
Ng Zi Syuen
Tee Boon Xi
Teo Sze Hui
Vanessa Wong Suet Yan
Wong Ze Yi

Group 2 Boys
Group 2 Girls
Alif Idlan bin Masron
David Ong Tze Li
Linus Theo Dengah
Pung Ren Qi
Sharizan bin Shazali
Steve Khiew
Yap Min Shun
Zachary Lim Hong Sern
Ashley Ting Xin Rui
Nadirah Syazwin
Tan Jancy
Wong Ru Yi


Those who are in a tie position for 24th place will be required to swim-off before the start of the race on day 1.

As an added incentives to swimmers, entry fees of IB qualifiers will be borne by the Club.

Congratulations again to all and continue to train for the best!

See Top 24 Qualifiers List- Grand Final 2017 and Invite





Chennai swimmers had a splashing swim camp with IBSC


A dozen of Chennai swimmers have joined IBSC for a joint swim training camp recently in KL and they have heaps of experience practicing together with IB swimmers.

The team from Velammal International School was led by Coach R. Vijay arrived in Kuala Lumpur on 15 May 2017 and wasted no time as they immediately joined our swim team in training the very next day. They were Vinayek, Sivasubramanian, Rajaeswara, Udhistran, Sankar and Kishore.

The training was somewhat different accordingly to our guest swimmers who were on summer holidays mode and was tough in the initial first week as they accustomed themselves to more endurance training heightened further with the impact of gym and land exercises.

In the course of the one month camp, they also have the opportunities not only to make new friends at the pool but also visited some interesting attractions K.L has to offer.

IBSC would be pleased to host them again in the near future when they return during the holidays.



The Chennai swimmers (front row) had a splashing training time at the pool with IB swimmers
At the end of the session, the swimmers were awarded certificate of completion for the joint training camp by head coach, Mr Shazali Salleh (extreme left)
A group photo for the album

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The NST : M'sia's Welson Sim beats Olympic champion to win gold in Monaco

By AJITPAL SINGH - June 11, 2017 @ 10:58am




KUALA LUMPUR: Swimmer Welson Sim rewrote his national record in the men's 400m freestyle event for Malaysia's second-ever title in the Mare Nostrum tour in Monaco on Sunday.

The 20-year-old did it in style by edging reigning Olympic champion Mack Horton of Australia for the gold medal.

Welson erased his previous record of 3:50.33 set in March last year by clocking 3:49.48 for the gold medal.

Horton posted 3:50.13 for the silver while China's Qiu Ziao took third on 3:51.18.

Phee Jinq En won Malaysia's first ever gold in the tour achieved in the women's 50m breaststroke also in Monaco last year.




Sunday, 4 June 2017

6th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2017


We are pleased to inform that IBSC has been extended the annual invitation again to the 6th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2017, as a Guest Club.

The gist of the meet is as below :


Host
:
Persatuan Renang Amatur Selangor (PRAS)
Events
:
50m & 100m – all 4 strokes & IM
200m - freestyle & IM
4x25m free & medley relays
4x50m mixed free & medley relays
Date
:
28th – 30th July, 2017 (Fri-Sun)



Venue
:
Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan
Pool
:
25m competition pool
Start Time
:
8:00 am.
Registration Fee
:
RM35 per swimmer
Rules
:
Rules and By-Laws of  FINA
Entry Fee
:
RM6 per event
Age as of
:
1 January, 2017
Closing Date
:
15 June, 2017 (IBSC)
Age Group
:
Open, Group 1, 2, 3 & 4 
Team Manager
:
To be advised
IBSC’s Entry
:
60 selected swimmers only





Please download Invite and Meet Information here.

Due to the limited number of participants (60) imposed on Guest Clubs, eligible IBSC swimmers will be selected by the Swim Committee to represent the Club in the above invitational meet.

As we experienced very low response to the short course competition last year, this year the above meet will be open to all swimmers who may be interested to participate and final selection shall be based on top times of entries submitted with due consideration given to forming a relay team in each age group. If you're interested to bid for a lane, please submit the IBSC Entry Form to IBSC office for selection latest by 15 June, 2017 (Thurs), before 7:00 pm. Entries received late will NOT be considered.

Team Briefing will be advised later.

See Order of Events below.




Download :
Meet Information
IBSC Entry Form (submit before 15 June 2017)

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best Regards,
IBSC Swim Committee



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Steve Khiew broke 2 backstroke records in SportExcel Leg 2 in Melaka

The Second Leg of SportExcel Milo Junior Swimming Circuit 2017 adjourned at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka from 20th to 21st May 2017.

Team IBSC lead by Coach Shazali & Coach Kamal, Mr Teo JY as Team Manager

IBSC sent a team of 98 swimmers only to Melaka as many have opted out of an out-station meet in the midst of exam season.

Our top swimmer, Steve Khiew (Group 2 boy) lifted up the atmosphere in the swimming centre on the first day of the race when he clinched gold in 50m backstroke with new meet record of 28.28 to break Lim Yin Chuen's 2015 record of 28.68. Steve continued to prove his strength in his favourite event when he swam to another gold in 100m backstroke, yet with another new splashing record of 1:00.67 to re-write Ian James Barr's 2009 record of 1:01.47.

He has contributed another gold in 100m freestyle on the first day with a new PB of 55.08. IBSC is proud of Steve's excellent performance.

Steve Khiew, was in high spirit after breaking both the 50m & 100m backstroke records

Another gold medal contributor was our Group 3 girl, Ng Zi Syuen, who bagged gold in 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke and a silver in 50m freestyle. Zi Syuen topped the table in all the 3 events she signed up but could have gathered more medals for the club had she participated on day 1 as well. 




Meanwhile, the highest points contributor was Ashley Ting, also good in backstroke, who amassed 161 points with her collection of 3 silver. An awesome achievement brought about with constant training.

Steve was contended with 157 points as he suffered an unexpected DQ in 100m butterfly. Group 3 boy, Teo Zun Jet with 2 silver in his breaststroke events accumulated 131.5 points to be 3rd highest on the points collection table.

IBSC ended the competition with 5 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze to accumulate total points of 1382.5 to rank second behind Pade Supershark which collected 1682.5 points.

Nevertheless, more importantly this competition has revealed some potential swimmers who improved tremendously in their individual PBs. We hope the finalists can continue their momentum and lift up the overall champion's trophy in Grand Final in August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

Special thanks to our Team Manager, Mr. Teo, Coaches, En Shazali and En. Kamarudin, Chaperones, Ms. Christina and Ms Lily's  whole-hearted commitment throughout the 2 days event are mostly appreciated too. The cooperation and great support from the parents also play a major role to make the outing a successful one.

We congratulate all IBSC winners and point earners above! Well done!

Full results can be downloaded here.


By CK Wong
Asst. Team Manager

* photos by team managers and parents

see more photos here




#SportExcel2017


7th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships 2017 - a whole new experience for Jun Bin


Wong Jun Bin, an IBSC member was put on a gruesome testing water condition, but his time it was not in the clear cooling swimming pool.

Jun Bin was selected to participate in the 10km swim event in the 7th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships 2017, which took place last weekend on 19-21 May 2017 at Putrajaya Lake. Alongside with him were other national swimmers, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee, Kevin Yeap and Angela Chieng, who tested themselves for potential selection to SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017, which is to be held at the same venue.

Jun Bin, (far left), with team MAS and fellow trainees, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee and Kevin Yeap


The AASF (Asian Amateur Swimming Federation) open water event  was organised by ASUM (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) for the first time in Malaysia and has attracted 57 participants from 11 countries.

Albeit a first timer in open water, Jun Bin swam an impressive time of 2:14.41.8 in the 10km swim and was the 7th swimmer to emerge from the lake even though his timing was considered out of ranking as the medal contenders and ranked swimmers were confined to 2 participants per country as per the rules.

His compatriots ahead of him were Kevin Yeap who won bronze with a time of 2:10.57.5,  followed by Welson Sim who did 2:11.27.7 in 4th position overall. The 10km event was won by Kazakhstan swimmer, Vitalay with his golden time of 2:05.26.6 and the silver went to Taipei swimmer, Cho Cheng Chi (2:09.07.9).

Due to our local weather condition, the open water in Putrajaya Lake is not an easy route to swim as temperature in the lake can soar to above 30 degree Celsius, with the unforgiving hot sun. Some experienced swimmers from other countries could not withstand the exhausting condition and needed to be "fished" out by officials.


Jun Bin happy posing here with Kevin 

Jun Bin was happy with his results and shared with IBSC his feelings.

"I didn't have any previous experience in such a long-distance race, so my aim was just to complete the swim. Being placed top 8 is really a bonus to me.
This open water race is totally different from what I usually do in a swimming pool.  Other than focusing on technique and working hard, you have to be aware of the direction you are swimming and also be wary of the competitors around you.
I struggled a little with some loss sense of direction initially because the water wasn't as clear as the pool water and I ended swimming side to side. But I think with more practice, I hope to get better in future."

IBSC is proud to share Jun Bin's achievement.

Meanwhile for the women's category,  Heidi Gan, MAS national distance swimmer who is based in Perth, won the women 10km swim with a time of 2:17.00.7. Heidi also won bronze on Friday's 5km event competed on 19 May 2017.

The second and third placings went to Kazakhstan and Thailand respectively.



We congratulate all winners.

   * photos courtesy of Ms Elaine Choo

Swimmers getting ready  to plunge in

Jun Bin can still manage a thumb up after his swim


Jun Bin being handed a bottle of water to quench his thirst

The MAS team resting under MILO tent and being advised by national coach Mr Paul Birmingham





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