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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Versatile Zheng Yong cracks 13-year-old MSSM swimming record

MALACCA: Low Zheng Yong earned cheers for hosts Malacca by breaking a 13-year-old meet record en route to a double splash at the MSSM (national schools) Swimming Championships.

The 14-year-old posted 58.78 at the Hang Jebat Aquatic Centre yesterday to win the boys’ Under-15 100m butterfly final. In the process, Zheng Yong erased the previous meet record of 59.09 set by former multiple SEA Games gold medallist Daniel Bego of Sarawak.

Koh Teck Chen of Kuala Lumpur took the silver in 59.74 while Johor’s Nicholas Gan, who clocked 1:01.85, bagged the bronze.

Zheng Yong also showed his versatility by winning the 100m breaststroke in 1:10.66, which was not far off the meet record of 1:08.14 set by Sarawakian Tan Chong Heng in 2012.

Toh Ting Wei of Penang clocked 1:11.81 for the silver. Ong Yi Kao earned the bronze for Selangor with a time of 1:12.01.

“It’s OK. I will try to break the record next year. I’m still young and want to improve my strokes,” said Zheng Yong, whose idol is American legend Michael Phelps.

Zheng Yong, a student at SMJK Yok Bin, now has four golds in the bag after two days of competition. He won the 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke on Sunday.

Kuala Lumpur also celebrated with Khiew Hoe Yean posting a new meet record in the boys’ Under-15 200m backstroke.

The 14-year-old clocked 2:10.91 to dip under the previous mark of 2:10.97 set by fellow KL swimmer Ian James Barr in 2010.

Malacca’s Ng Yee Sheng snatched the silver in 2:21.39 ahead of another KL swimmer Chung Ze Xuan who finished in 2:22.70.

Selangor still lead comfortably in the chase to be overall champions with a 17-13-7 haul. Malacca are second on 8-2-1 followed by KL (6-9-12) and Penang (5-9-4).


RESULTS

BOYS

100m breaststroke

Under-12: 1. Jay Lo (Sab) 1:21.07, 2. Ng Yi Xuan (Kul) 1:23.98, 3. Tong Yu Jing (Pen) 1:24.43. Under-15: 1. Low Zheng Yong (Mal) 1:10.66, 2. Toh Ting Wei (Pen) 1:11.81, 3. Ong Yi Kao (Sel) 1:12.01. 

Under-18: 1. Ng Jing Fu (Sel) 1:06.59, 2. Jude Wong (Joh) 1:07.96, 3. Kilian Ung (Swk) 1:09.24. 

100m butterfly

Under-12: 1. Arniesh Chai (Sel) 1:09.32, 2. Yap Yong Jie (Kul) 1:12.49, 3. Chan Jun Wei (Kul) 1:13.09. Under-15: 1. Low Zheng Yong (Mal) 58.78 (meet rec), 2. Koh Teck Chen (Kul) 59.74, 3. Nicholas Gan (Joh) 1:01.85.

Under-18: 1. Patrick Lau (Swk) 58.81, 2. Sebastian Soon (Sel) 59.23, 3. Low Ken Ji (Kul) 59.70. 

200m backstroke

Under-15: 1.Khiew Hoe Yean (Kul) 2:10.91 (meet rec), 2. Ng Yee Sheng (Mal) 2:21.39, 3. Chung Ze Xuan (Kul) 2:22.70.

Under-18: 1. Brandy Chew (Sel) 2:16.02, 2. Terence Ng (Sel) 2:16.17, 3. Khiew Tze Yean (Kul) 2:22.24. 1,500m freestyle Under 18: 1. Tan Tsien Ee (Sel) 16:52.32, 2. Brandon Goh (Sel) 17:24.17, 3. Ng Wei Jie (Joh) 17:32.42.


GIRLS

100m breaststroke

Under-12: 1. Law Li Wei (Kul) 1:26.61, 2. Kristen Chong (Swk) 1:26.71, 3.Teo Sze Hui (Kul) 1:26.75.

Under-15: 1. Angelina Chan (Sel) 1:15.13, 2. Keesha Ho (Pen) 1:18.64, 3. Geogene Wee (Kul) 1:19.73. 

Under-18: 1. Liew Chern Xin (Sel) 1:17.37, 2. Joanne Tong (Joh) 1:20.53, 3. Laura Kristen (Sel) 1:21.91. 

100m butterfly

Under-12: 1. Teo Zhi Mei (Mal) 1:10.90, 2. Jesslyn Lim (Pen) 1:12.44, 3. Yong Xing Ru (Sab) 1:13.84. 

Under-15: 1. Lim Shun Qi (Sel) 1:05.26, 2. Keesha Ho (Pen) 1:06.07, 3. Ong Yong Qi (Joh) 1:09.00. 

Under-18: 1. Elynn Tan (Pen) 1:04.92, 2. Cindy Tai (Kul) 1:08.87, 3. Tan Tyng (Swk) 1:08.91. 

200m backstroke

Under-15: 1. Goh Chia Tong (Mal) 2:30.50, 2. Ong Yong Qi (Joh) 2:32.25, 3.Nessa Yip (Sel) 2:34.86. 

Under-18: 1. Rosalind Pang (Sel) 2:28.66, 2. Nadia Adrianna Redza (Sel) 2:30.06, 3. Karla Lim (Kul) 2:32.56.