HRH Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim posing on the podium after winning the 50m freestyle for the 7-year-old age group at yesterday's 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championship. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
Jerudong Swimming Club posing after winning the 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships yesterday. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim ended the 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships with another gold yesterday after finishing first in the 50m freestyle event at the National Aquatics Centre at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Gracing the event the event yesterday were Deputy Sultan His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.
Competing under the banner of the ISB Hammerheads, HRH Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim also won "The Most Valuable Swimmer" medal in his age group. HRH Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim won the 50m backstroke on Saturday and 100m freestyle event on Friday. He competed in all five events available for the 7-year-old age group - 50m breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle as well as the 100m freestyle race.
He finished second in his 50m butterfly and third in his 50m breaststroke events on Friday. Jerudong Swimming Club were crowned overall champions after recording a total of 964 points, followed by the ISB Hammerheads in second with 746 points. Dolphin Swimming Club finished third place with 480 while Tutong Swimming Training Scheme were fourth with 222 points.
MICIA Swimming Team were fifth after recording 99 points while Brunei Speed Swimming Club finished last with 27 points. Speaking to The Brunei Times after the tournament, Jerudong Swimming Club coach Eva Wong said she was happy with her swimmers' performance. "I am very pleased with the team today, they did very well and we can see very good progress made by the swimmers this year," she said.
"The commitment from both parents and the swimmers are the reason for our success today and I hope that they can continue this. "Next week we will travel to Miri to compete in a tournament there and we see this is a part of our training and preparation for the tournament," she added. Present to hand the prizes to the winners was Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) president Aziz Latif.
Also present at the event yesterday was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah. Almost 100 swimmers from six local clubs - Brunei Speed Swimming Club, Dolphin Swimming Club, ISB Hammerheads, Jerudong Swimming Club, Tutong Swimming Training Scheme and MICIA Swimming Team - were vying for top honours at the tournament.
Royal Brunei Recreation Club (RBRC) did not return to defend their crown.