Christian Nikles (R) and Tiara Shahril Anwar posing with the best male and female swimmer award. BT/Waqiuddin Rajak
The TRIO of national swimmers Christian Nikles, Muhammad Isa Ahmad and Tiara Shahril Anwar marched forward breaking more records at the last day of Brunei Open Swimming Championship yesterday, with Christian's brother Nathaniel adding one to the list himself.
Christian and Tiara were named best male and female swimmer on a day that saw four national records, six age-group records and 11 championship records set at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Complex.
The duo had already each broke three national records leading up to the final day of the three-day meet, where a total of 12 national records and 21 age-group records were set.
Christian clocked 55.44s during the 100m freestyle yesterday, beating the old record of 55.55s which he set in September last year.
Nathaniel set a time of 9:30.85 in the 800m freestyle, of which there was no previous record.
Breaststroke specialist Muhammad Isa broke his old record of 55.55s in the 100m freestyle by clocking 55.44s yesterday.
Tiara also clocked 1:01.61 in the 100m freestyle for both open national and age-group record - breaking a record made three years ago by Amanda Liew Jia Xin (1:02.54).
National aquatics head coach Eric Landa said he was happy seeing his swimmers break more records this year.
"If you get faster by breaking your own personal record or maybe even a national record, that means you're on the right track," he said.
"I simply hope that all of these swimmers use this moment to stay motivated and hungry for more."
"On the performance side - the swimmers did pretty well. And as a coach, you can only help them up to a certain level but in the end it all depends on them to break records."
"And for this tournament, we decided not to swim just for the best events (for the swimmers) but to participate in different areas as well - encouraging them to explore different things."