ISB Hammerheads swim to Brunei Open crown

Caption: ISB Hammerheads Swimming Club in a group photo. Picture: Courtesy of BASA

Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh

INTERNATIONAL School Brunei (ISB) Hammerheads Swimming Club were crowned the overall champions of the 6th Brunei Open & Masters Long Course Swimming Championships yesterday.

The club bagged a total of 63 medals: 28 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze medals at the National Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Emma Yusuf was ISB Hammerheads’ best athlete bagging five medals for her team.

The 12 year-old won four golds from the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m freestyle relay and claimed a silver medal in the 200m mixed relay event.

Emma Yusuf pose for a photo. Picture: Courtesy of BASA

Muhammad Isa Ahmad, was the top performer throughout the three-day meet after he brought home eight gold and two silver medals.

The gold medals came from 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m IM, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, and 50m backstroke while the silver medals from the mixed 200m freestyle relay and 100m backstroke events.

“I didn’t break any national records but I managed to break my personal best but I did set a new national record during the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, last month,” said the 19-year old national swimmer, who is also known as Muis Ahmad by his swimming team.

Another notable swimmer, Nur Haziq Samil, also impressed at the meet winning six gold and one silver medals in his respective events.

"My strength is actually in freestyle and backstroke events," said Nur Haziq, a Year 11 student at Sayiddina Abu Bakar Secondary School.

"Other than swimming I also enjoy running and joined a few running local running events” added the 16-year-old.

(Clockwise from top) Muhammad Isa Ahmad, Dylan Chua and Nur Haziq Samil. Picture: Courtesy of BASA

The tournament also saw the involvement of potential young athletes.

Ten-year-old Breanna Lee Le Er from Jerudong International School and 15-year-old Dylan Chua from Dolphin Swimming Club both excelled in their respective events.

Lee won one gold and two bronze medals while Chua bagged one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

The former has been swimming since she was five, while Chua started when he was four years old.

Both Lee and Chua have big passion for music especially in playing piano.

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