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Tiara sinks national records in Singapore
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tiara Shahril Anwar was the sole competitor for Brunei at the FINA World Cup in Singapore 5-6 November 2013.

It was a good outing for Tiara Shahril Anwar (pic) at the 6th leg of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup 2013 in Singapore.

The national swimmer recorded two national records out of three events contested at the November 5-6 competition held at the Singapore Sports School.

Tiara is the sole Bruneian swimmer at the meet with others having school obligations and examinations.

She started out the two-day tournament on the wrong foot after finishing last in the 50m freestyle with a time of 28.80 seconds on Tuesday.

She then made amends with a new national record in the 100m freestyle event yesterday after clocking a time of 1:01.02.

It beat the previous national record of 1:01.10 by Amanda Liew set back in December 2010.

In her last event, Tiara produced a new national record of 1:12.98 in the 100m Inter Medley event. There were no previous records for the event.

National aquatics coach Eric Landa revealed that it was a mistake on her turn that led her to a poor performance in the 50m freestyle.

"Not a great time due to the fact that she missed the wall on her turn completely, a costly mistake as this would catapult her to last place on the 50m free of the field and a lesson well learnt," said Landa in an email yesterday.

"Since these competitions are swum in short course (25m pool) and we don't have a certified 25m pool in Brunei, it is always going to be a surprise what happens if you swim in it," he added.

"You can train as much as you want to simulate it, but swimming under stress in a world class competition is totally different story as we've seen here. Well this time the surprise was a bit negative, as she wasted valuable time on the turn," continued the Dutchman.

Nonetheless, Landa was still satisfied with the overall outing.

"These meets are always great fun and it's fast, fast, fast swimming with many world class swimmers and world records," said Landa, who has plied his trade in six countries.

"Tiara made a big mistake on day one, corrected it on day two and eventually walks away with two personal and national records," he added.

"That's still an okay score, two records out of three starts. Our focus now shifts towards the Brunei Open Swimming Championships which is long court again," concluded the former Egypt national coach.

Courtesy from Brunei Times