Monday, December 14, 2009

Daniel splashes to two records

THE golden splash continued at the National Sports Complex aquatics centre in Vientiane with Daniel Bego adding two more gold medals, both in record time, bringing the swimming team to within one gold medal of equalling their 2007 haul.

Malaysia's fifth and sixth gold medals from the swimming pool delivered by Daniel also maintained their stunning feat of every gold medal achieved thus far in Sea Games record times.

With two days to go, Malaysia are just four gold medals short of equalling the best ever haul of 10 gold at the 2001 Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Stretched to the limit by the tight schedule yesterday, Daniel began by smashing Jeffrey Ong's 18-year-old 400m freestyle national record of 3:56.81s with a time of 3:53.99s, which is also a Sea Games record.

Just 20 minutes later, he was down for the 100m butterfly and despite earlier concerns over the scheduling, Daniel emerged with his third gold medal, also in a Sea Games record time of 53.82s, which bettered his own record of 54.33s set in Korat.

That was just a whisker away from bettering his national mark of 53.33s set at the World Championships in August. Best of all, the two gold medals won yesterday added to the 100m freestyle he won on Friday, already makes this Daniel's personal best haul in the Sea Games, and he still has two more events to come.

Daniel Bego delivered two gold yesterday.
Daniel Bego delivered two gold yesterday.

"I'm very happy, but also extremely tired," said Daniel, 20, after anchoring the 4x100m freestyle quartet, which included Foo Jian Beng, James Chen and Kevin Yeap, to fourth place, also in a national record time of 3:27.87s.

Hopes of another gold from Khoo Cai Lin after her explosive women's 400m freestyle win on Friday was shattered by Singapore's Lynette Lim in the 800m freestyle, but still the 21-year-old Cai Lin emerged with a silver and a new national record of 8:45.36s.

There was little hope of Marellyn Liew overcoming Olympic finalist Tao Li of Singapore in the women's 100m butterfly, and the Sabahan had to be satisfied with silver. But she broke her own national mark of 1:01.56s with a new time of 1:01.04s.

Chui Lai Kwan opened her medal count with a bronze in the women's 100m backstroke when she renewed her own national record of 1:05.27s with a time of 1:03.91s. NST

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