SOON TO BE STAR

Aims to seal spot in the national team

New Straits Times - - Sport - AR­NAZ M. KHAIRUL ar­naz@nst.com.my

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.

PIX BY MUHAM­MAD ZUHAIRI ZUBER

Malacca’s Low Zheng Yong won six gold medals.

Se­bas­tian Soon with the medals he won at the MSSM cham­pi­onships.

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