SEA Games: Open water swimmers on a golden streak

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's open water swimmers are on a golden streak after bagging the country's fifth and sixth SEA Games gold medals here.

Kevin Yeap took home the first gold of the day in the men's 10km open water swimming event while Heidi Gan followed suit in the women's event shortly after on Friday.

The 28-year-old Kevin, who finished with a bronze medal at the 2011 Jakarta Games – the last time open water swimming was held – led from start to finish to win his second SEA Games gold medal at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

Kevin, who won the 400m freestyle gold in 2011, pulled away from the pack during the fourth lap of the six-lap race to finish with a time of 2'03:18.

Thailand's Peerapat Lertsathapornsuk finished second with 2'05:41, while Indonesia's Aflah Fadlan Prawira grabbed the bronze with 2'08:40.

In the women's event, Heidi Gan, a two-time Olympian, was simply a class above as she powered home in 2'11:02.

It is the 28-year-old's third gold medal in open swimming at the Games, after winning the 5km and 10km races in 2011.

Thailand's Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn took the silver with 2'11:02 while Singapore's Chantal Liew Li-Shan won bronze with 2'21:30.

Another Malaysian, 19-year-old Angela Chieng Chui Fei finished fourth with a time of 2'24:54.

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Kevin Yeap celebrates after winning the men's 10km open water swimming event at the SEA Games. - GLENN GUAN/The Star
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