Medal rush for Clement

Caption: Clement David Leong pose for a photo at the 6th Brunei Open & Masters Long Course Swimming Championships held at the National Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday. Picture Courtesy of BASA.

Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh

CLEMENT David Leong was the top performer on the second day of the 6th Brunei Open & Masters Long Course Swimming Championships yesterday.

Swimming under the banner of the Dolphin Swimming Team, the 29-year-old bagged four gold, one silver and one bronze medals in the Masters division at the National Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

The gold medals came from men’s 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke while the silver and bronze were from 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle respectively.

According to the event manager, Harjimmey Zainal, the tournament is used a s a platform to identify and select swimmers for the upcoming 41st South East Asia Age Group (SEAAG) Championship that will be held in the Sultanate from November 10-12.

“Brunei is commended to be the qualifying platform for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) for the SEAAG Championship itself so I am expecting to see new national record to be set in these three days,” said Harjimmey.

“Other than that, it is also great to see seniors and young swimmers compete together in one even in this tournament.

“We expect more Masters swimmers in future meets to help encourage our young swimmers and help foster healthy competition and lifestyle in the country,” he added.

Besides Dolphin Swimming Team, seven others teams - Brunei Speed Swimming Club, ISB Swimmimg Club, Jerudong Swimming Club, Panaga Stingrays, Royal Brunei Recreational Club and one team from Labuan, Victoria Swimming Club - are vying for top honours at this year’s edition of the tournament.

A total of 97 swimmers are competing in both the Open and Masters categories with 493 entries registered in 39 events throughout the three-day competition, which will conclude today.

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