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Swimmers break seven Brunei records in Hanoi
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Two national swimmers broke seven national records at last week's 5th ASEAN School Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Christian Nikles and Tiara Sharil Anwar of Centre of Excellence Programme smashed three open records and four age group records at the June 22-30 event.

Once again it was 15-year-old Nikles who shone the brightest, setting five of the seven records, while, Tiara set the other two records in the event.

"I'm happy with these results for both Christian and Tiara, especially since we really didn't slow down in the training at all for them, they trained the full load in the water and on the land up to the day when they left," said National Coach Eric Landa in press release issued on Sunday.

"So this is a good indication that they're on the right track hence the marginal improvements of the records."

"Reasons for not holding back the training before this competition is that we will leave next week to Singapore for a training-camp of two weeks (during Ramadhan) because both Christian and Tiara, accompanied by brother and sister duo Muhammad Isa and Nur Hamizah Ahmad will represent the country during the World Championships Swimming in Barcelona-Spain from 27 July- 4 August 2013," he added.

The two other swimmers Nathaniel Nikles and Florrence Lyn who are also a part of the Centre of Excellence programme unfortunately fell sick during the competition in Vietnam and did not better their times in their respective swimming events.

The five records Nikles set were in the 50 metres open freestyle (25.09 seconds), 50 metres age group freestyle (25.09 seconds), 200m freestyle at 2.21.53, 100m fly open at 1.00.50 and 100m fly age group at 1.00.50.

Meawhile, 15-year-old Tiara carved a new open record in the 400m freestyle at 5.01.87 and set another new recor in the 400m age group freestyle at 5.01.87.

The Sultanate have a 79-member contingent comprising of 51 athletes from secondary schools at the Games.

They are contesting in six sports athletics, badminton, table tennis and sepak takraw.

Brunei produced their best showing of the annual tournament last year after winning eight silver and six bronze medals in Surabaya, Indonesia all coming from pencak silat, which was held for the first time. Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh

Courtesy from Brunei Times