IN 2012, I wrote about a new swimming sensation named Welson Sim several times.
He was breaking school swimming records including by Sarawakian star Daniel Bego. The young man even declared then that his goal was to one day outdo his hero. He was then 15.
Today Welson is a SEA Games gold medallist for the 400m freestyle and the new record holder for the event with a time of 3:53.97.
He broke Daniel Bego’s 3:53.99 set in Laos in 2009. Sadly the latter came in fourth in the same event.
However, Welson has indeed achieved what he set out to do all those years ago when he first made a splash in the swimming scene.
He has shown that he is indeed a champion deserving of the praise heaped on him in the past.
In his first SEA Games in Myanmar two years ago, Welson managed a bronze in the 1,500m event.
His next event will be the FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, Russia from July 24 to Aug 16.
Let’s hope he continues to get all the support he deserves to achieve even greater wins in future.
Well done Anak Sarawak.
The story from Bernama:
SEA Games: Welson Sim sets new games record
SINGAPORE: Young Malaysian swimmer Welson Sim broke the dominance of Singaporean swimmers at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on the final day of the 28th SEA Games swimming competition, here tonight to win the 400m Freestyle gold medal.
The 18-year-old swimmer, who clocked three minutes and 53.97 seconds, rewrote Daniel Bego’s SEA Games record of 3:53.99s set at 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos in the men’s 400m Freestyle event.
His timing was just a whisker away from equalling the national record of 3:53.26s held by Kevin Yeap and set at the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships in 2013.
“It was a great swim. The time was close to my personal best (3:53.91s) set at the last Malaysian Open (in March). Daniel also congratulated me. Although I feel a little tired, I am very happy. This is my first SEA Games gold medal,” said the Kuching-born swimmer.
He won a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle event on the opening day of the competition.
In his first SEA Games in Myanmar two years ago, Welson Sim only managed a bronze in the 1,500m event.
His next task would be the FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, Russia from July 24 to Aug 16.
“I just want to better my personal best. I will be competing in the 200m and 400m freestyle,” said the Sarawakian.
Malaysian swimmers ended their campaign with three gold, four silver and four bronze medals. — BERNAMA