ZHENG YONG MAKES HIS­TORY

Malacca swim­mer breaks 13-year-old 100m but­ter­fly record

New Straits Times - - Sport - AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

LOW Zheng Yong of Malacca be­came the star of the day in the Malaysian Schools Sports Coun­cil (MSSM) swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion when he broke a 13-year-old meet record at Hang Je­bat Aquatic Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

The 14-year-old clocked 58.78 to smash for­mer Sea Games cham­pion Daniel Bego’s record of 59.09 to win the boys’ Un­der-15 100m but­ter­fly event.

Koh Teck Chen of Kuala Lumpur took the silver medal with 59.74 ahead of bronze medal­list Ni­cholas Gan of Jo­hor, who posted 1:01.85.

Zheng Yong also showed his prow­ess in the 100m breast­stroke by win­ning the event in 1:10.66. His time was not far off the meet record of 1:08.14 held by Tan Chong Heng of Sarawak since 2012.

Pe­nang’s Toh Ting Wei fin­ished sec­ond with 1:11.81, fol­lowed by Se­lan­gor’s Ong Yi Kao (1:12.01).

“I am de­lighted to break Bego’s record to­day. I know many have tried in the past but failed.

“I came close to rewrit­ing the 100m breast­stroke record. It is okay, I will try to do it next year. I an young and still have the time to im­prove my strokes,” said Zheng Yong, who idolises Amer­i­can Olympic cham­pion Michael Phelps, in Malacca yes­ter­day.

A stu­dent of SMJK Yok Bin, Zheng Yong col­lected four ti­tles af­ter two days of the meet. He won the 50m but­ter­fly and 50m breast­stroke on Sun­day.

Kuala Lumpur’s Khiew Hoe Yean was the sec­ond swim­mer to set a new meet record. The 14year-old did so in the boys’ Un­der-15 200m back­stroke by clock­ing 2:10.91. The pre­vi­ous record of 2:10.97 was set by Ian James Barr in 2010.

Malacca’s Ng Yee Sheng took silver with 2:21.39 ahead of KL’s Chung Ze Xuan (2:22.70).

Se­lan­gor led the over­all standings with a haul of 17 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze, fol­lowed by Malacca (8-2-1), KL (6-9-12) and Pe­nang (5-9-4).

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