PETALING JAYA: Welson Sim believes he still has a few more good years of swimming left in him.
The 24-year-old will now shift focus on a busy 2022 calendar where he hopes to make a better impression at the Vietnam SEA Games, Hangzhou Asian Games and Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
“I want to swim for the country for a few more years. Next year will be hectic with three big multi-Games and before you know it, it’s time for the Paris Olympics in 2024,” said the Sarawakian, who expressed mixed feelings on his Tokyo outing.
Welson did not make an impact in his opening race finishing 33rd overall in the 400m freestyle heats with 3:58.25, way off his personal best of 3:49.29.
But he fared better in the 200m freestyle heats when he clocked a season best of 1:49.24 to be ranked 32nd overall. He also holds the national record of 1:47.36 in the event.
“It’s a privilege to represent Malaysia in my second Olympics. I was like a newcomer in my first Games in Rio five years ago. It was quite stressful for me but I appreciate the opportunity given by the Olympic Council of Malaysia to allow me to go under the Universality Places.
“My performance in the 400m freestyle was not as good as I wanted it to be but thankfully I managed a decent 200m freestyle after two years of not being able to race.
“I’m quite happy with what I did in a short period of training,” added Welson, who was also inactive after breaking his arm in a motorcycle accident late last year.