NATIONAL swimmer Muhammad Isa Ahmad (pic) was unable to break his 100m breaststroke national record at the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore yesterday after falling short of the mark by 2.90s.
According to an email sent by national aquatic sports head coach Eric Landa, Muhammad Isa swam the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.10.80 during yesterday morning's heats - which is his best time of this season but still 2.90s slower than his own national record of 1.07.90 from Nov 24, 2013.
It was also 2.72s slower than his own national age group (16-18 years old) record from April 20, 2014.
Muhammad Isa's time placed him 53rd among the 65 swimmers in the 100m breaststroke and 10.68s behind the fastest male qualifier of the morning, Anton Chupkov of Russia, who swam 1.00.12 - a time which broke the world junior record as well as the championships record.
"Muhammad Isa did what he could which lead to his best time of the season here," said Landa in the e-mail. "He is still far off his best times from 2013 though. After his race, we have analysed his video as usual and hopefully he'll be a bit faster later this week with his other events," he added.
Muhammad Isa still has the 50m butterfly (Friday) and 50m breaststroke (Saturday) to compete in.
Fellow national swimmer Christian Nikles will take to the pool for the 100m butterfly today. He is also registered to swim in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.