Welson Sim of Malaysia swims to gold. © www.kualalumpur2017.com.myCouncil News
Date : 22 Aug 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 22, 2017: Olympic Council of Asia Executive Board member Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan was among the sports dignitaries at the victory ceremony on the opening night of the 29th SEA Games swimming competition on Monday.
Dr Jega, one of Malaysia’s most celebrated athletes as a sprinter in the 1960s, earning the nickname “The Flying Doctor”, joined Malaysia’s Sports Minister, Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, in presenting the medals and mascots to the top three finishers of the men’s 400m freestyle.
The event was won by Malaysia’s Welson Sim Wee Sheng in a SEA Games record time of 3:50.26 – delighting the packed house at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil. Dr Jega, who was introduced to the crowd in his role as Chairman of the OCA Medical Committee and Anti-Doping Commission, said the opening night of the swimming had been a great sports spectacle.
“We had four different countries winning gold medals on the first night and this is not only good for the SEA region but also for swimming in general because it shows it as a truly universal sport,” he said. “Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam won the first four races, before Singapore won the last two to finish with three gold medals on the night from the six on offer.
“We were also able to watch an Olympic Games champion from Rio 2016 – Joseph Schooling of Singapore. “All in all it was a great night for the SEA Games and for swimming.” Schooling, the Olympic champion in the 100m butterfly, won the 50m butterfly on Monday, breaking his own SEA Games record in the process.
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