SOON TO BE STAR
Aims to seal spot in the national team
SEBASTIAN Soon hopes he will soon be in the national team for the Sea Games after bettering the Under-18 400m individual medley meet record at the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Swimming Championships in Malacca yesterday.
However, Malacca’s new sensation Low Zheng Yong, who bagged his sixth gold medal, was quick to loom over the more senior swimmers with eye-opening performances.
The 14-year-old Zheng Yong, swimming in the Under-18 400m individual medley, gave the 16-year-old Soon a run for his money, finishing 10 seconds adrift as Soon clocked 4:40.47s to better Jordan Yip’s year-old mark of 4:43.41s by three seconds.
Soon is looking towards a fruitful year with the aim of establishing himself in the national squad, while Zheng Yong said he would focus on his PT3 exams this year before making a serious bid for a place in the national squad next year.
“I’ve been training six times a week with the national squad, so I guess this has been fruitful,” said Soon, after bagging his third gold medal of the meet.
In the girls’ section, there was no stopping Selangor’s Nadia Adrianna Redza in the middle distance event after she romped to the 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley, before combining to win the under-18 4x100m medley gold for Selangor to bring her personal tally to four gold medals.
Malacca’s Low Zheng Yong won six gold medals.
Sebastian Soon with the medals he won at the MSSM championships.