Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ASUM Confident Of Winning 14 Gold Medals In Palembang

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) has targetted to win 14 of the 57 gold medals offered in aquatics during the SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia from Nov 11-22.

National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong said ASUM has listed 64 athletes, 25 men and 39 women to take part in five disciplines in aquatics.

He said the 64-member team would compete in swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, open water swimming, waterpolo (men and women).

"Aquatics has been the biggest contributor of gold medals to the country at the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand and 2009 Laos SEA Games.

"This year we are a little unfortunate because one of our medal hope, Daniel Bego has undergo a surgery to his shoulder and expected to take part in fewer events," he told reporters at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil here.

Zolkples said no gold medal target has been set for Daniel but if there was, it would be a bonus.

He added that the diving squad has been targetted for seven gold medals although Malaysian divers have the potential to make a clean sweep of all eight gold medals at stake.

Among swimmers, divers and waterpolo players in the team are Daniel Bego, Foo Jian Beng, Yeap Soon Choy, Khoo Cai Lin, Siow Yi Ting (swimming), Yeoh Ken Nee, Bryan Nickson, Leong Mun Yee, Pandalela Rinong, Wendy Ng Yan Yee (diving), Heidi Gan, Khoo Cai Lin, Kelvin Yeap, Vernon Lee (open water swimming). Meanwhile, ASUM Honorary Secretary Edwin Chong said the synchronized swimmers and open water swimmers had undergone training in Perth, Australia and capable of winning gold medals in Palembang.

"The diving squad will undergone their final phase of training in Kunming, China for three weeks before heading to Palembang on Nov 10," he said.

In Laos, swimmers contributed nine gold, five silver and six bronze medals while divers won six gold, one silver and two bronze medals.


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