Swimming: Melvin gets a timely boost


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  • Sunday, 04 Mar 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Young swimmer Melvin Chua geared up for the upcoming World Championships in style by rewriting three meet records in the Kuala Lumpur Age-Group Swimming Championships at Kuala Lumpur Swimming Complex in Cheras yesterday.  

The 17-year-old Sarawakian chalked up a double for Ikan Bilis Swimming Club by winning the Boy’s Group 1 (15-17) 200m and 400m individual medleys in record times en route to winning all three individual events he contested.  

Melvin took off more than a second of his own meet record of 2:15.66 when he won the 200m individual medley in 2:16.80.  

He also smashed his own meet record of 4:59.10 en route to winning the 400m individual medley in 4:52.76. 

And for good measure, he erased Wong Kin Wai’s five-year-old meet record of 30.00 in winning the 50m backstroke in 29.84.  

Melvin also took bronze medals in the 50m freestyle (27.85) and breaststroke (32.67) races yesterday. 

The Sarawakian, who won the 100m breaststroke in 1:10.45 on Friday evening, is one of the seven locally trained swimmers who will be making their debut in the World Championships in Melbourne at the end of this month.  

The other male swimmers going for the world meet are Daniel Bego, Eric Chang, Kevin Yeap and Yap See Tuan while the two women are Chai Sook Fun and Khoo Cai Lin.  

Like Daniel, Melvin hails from Miri and was selected to join the full-time training programme at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil late last year.  

And he hopes to start making an impact in the local scene soon.  

The world meet will offer the Malaysian swimmers a chance to qualify for the SEA Games in Thailand at the end of this year.  

 

Melvin will swim in six events in the world meet. Besides the two individual medleys, Melvin is also down for the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and also the 100m backstroke.  

Six other meet records also sank yesterday. Ikan Bilis Swimming Club Chan Kah Yan set four new meet records in the Girls’ Group 2 (13-14) 50m freestyle and backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley.  

The other meet records were set by Bradley Windley in the Boy’s Group 4 (9-10) 100m butterfly and Tan Rou Jun in the Girls’Group 2 (13-14) 50m breaststroke. 

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