Anderson Lim Chee Wei set a new national record in the 200m short course (25m) freestyle with a time of 1:58.84 yesterday.Picture: BT/ Jason Thomas
Anderson Lim Chee Wei became the first Bruneian to swim a 200m short course (25m) freestyle in under two minutes when he clocked 1:58.84 at the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games yesterday.
Competing in the third heat at the Dowon Aquatics Center, Lim time broke the previous national best of 2:00.50 which he set in Peru last October during trials for December's World Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul.
However, yesterday's time of 1:58.84 still meant he finished last in the eight-man heats, 9.85s behind winner Zhang Zhongchao of China (1:48.99).
Lim was also last in his first event on Monday, the men's 100m butterfly where he timed 1:00.51, but delivered on his promise to do better in the 200m freestyle.
"I feel happy to finally break the two minute barrier and it was definitely a better race than yesterday (Monday)," said Lim.
"I didn't manage to break that time in Istanbul so I am glad that I was able to better that time by almost two seconds now, having focused more on longer distance training this year.
"I only started focusing on my speed when I got back from the US.
"My starts and turns were better and I was more focused on my race.
"My first 100 showed that I still have speed, so hopefully we will see that tomorrow (today) in my 100m free," he added.
Lim, who recently graduated from the Bolles School in Florida, became the first Bruneian to compete in the Olympics when he took to the Aquatics Centre at London last year.
The long-distance specialist competed in the same event at the Olympics, where he clocked 2:02.26 to comfortably break his previous best and national record of 2:05.19.
Lim also broke three other national records in May when he was in Florida the 1500m freestyle (17:46.65), 400m Inter-Medley open (5:08.19) and 400m freestyle (4:23.50).
The 17-year-old will swim in his third and final race, the 100m freestyle, today morning.
He will be looking to better the time fellow national swimmer and friend Christian Nikles set during last year's FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore 59.49s.
China's Mao Feilian won the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:44.54 yesterday, a new Games record. He was followed by Vietnam's Hoang Quy Phuoc (1:46.00) and Zhang (1:46.47).