PENANG: Datuk Abdul Malik Mydin, the first Malaysian to swim across the English Channel, commended Lennard Lee who almost halved his time in completing the feat.
I feel Lennard has made a remarkable achievement by beating my time.
On top of his success, Lennard has also raised money for a good cause and I'm proud that he considered me an inspirational factor. I have to thank him for that, he said in an interview yesterday.
Abdul Malik was commenting on Lennard's feat in swimming non-stop across the 33.6km-wide English Channel in nine hours and 45 minutes on July 13.
The Cambridge University medical student is the second Malaysian to achieve the feat after Abdul Malik, 29, made it in 17 hours and 35 minutes on Aug 3 last year.
Abdul Malik said what mattered most was that the Malaysian flag flew high and that the Malaysia Boleh spirit continued to thrive.
This is a good achievement and we should not compare the timing. It does not matter who does it faster, he added.
An American holds the world record of swimming non-stop across the channel in eight hours and 45 minutes in 1986.
Abdul Malik said that the weather, the winds and tides were also in Lennard's favour.
I had to postpone my swim for 10 days because of inclement weather last year, he said.
Lennard undertook the feat to raise money for Malacca's Seck Kia Eenh Temple cancer fund, the Christie Hospital in Manchester and a sports complex at Cambridge University.
Those who want to contribute to the Seck Kia Eenh Cancer Fund in support of Lennard's feat can mail cheques (with the words The English Channel at the back) to No 57, Jalan Gajah Berang, 75200 Malacca or call the temple at 06-283 7440.