KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawakian Daniel Bego emerged as the undisputed freestyle champion in the boys Under-14 category after hauling in three more gold medals on the final day of the South-east Asia inter-club age-group swimming championships at the KL Swimming Complex in Cheras yesterday.
The Miri-born teenager continued his record breaking spree by bagging the 50m freestyle event in a time of 24.77, erasing Singaporean Josef Lees time of 25.30 set last year. Singapores Russell Ong trailed home in second place in 25.28 while Nicholas Tan took the bronze in 26.22.
A tireless Daniel rounded off his campaign on a smashing note by leading his Ikan Bilis teammates to victory in the 4x100m freestyle and medley relay events in record times.
Daniel had clinched the 100m, 200m and 400m titles on the first two days of competition. All came with new records and the six-gold performance indicates that he is in the right shape to perform well in the Singapore Open at the end of this month.
Daniel will be using the competition to try and win a place in the Athens Olympics.
I am happy to have contributed to my clubs medal haul. Although I set records, my times are still not that fast. I will try to catch up in training before the Singapore Open, said Daniel.
He will compete in all freestyle events in Singapore but believes he has the best chance of qualifying for the Olympics in the 200m.
Daniel, who is from the 2006 Asian Games programme squad, has a personal best of 1:55.36 in the 200m freestyle event.
It was achieved when he won his first individual bronze medal at the Vietnam SEA Games in Hanoi last year.
The qualifying mark for the Athens Olympics in this event is 1:55.08.
A total of 35 meet records were set on the final day yesterday.
Singapore-based ACE Swimming Club emerged overall champions for the second straight year with a total of 30 golds, 26 silvers and 21 bronzes.
Their swimmers also set a total of 20 meet records.
Chinese Swimming Club, also from Singapore, finished second with 26 golds, 23 silvers and nine bronzes.
Ikan Bilis Swimming Club of Malaysia finished third with 17 golds, 10 silvers and nine bronzes.