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National swimmer Wong Fu Kang breaks 15 year-old national record

National swimming prodigy Wong Fu Kang broke a 15 year-old record en route to triumphing in the 100m backstroke event at the ongoing Malaysian Open Swimming Championship.

The Johor-born swimmer clocked 1:02:56 seconds to beat Sabahan Elvin Chia’s record and earn himself a spot in the 2015 SEA Games squad.

“Truly unbelievable. I’ve been training so hard these past three months and it has paid off,” Wong was quoted as saying by the Malay Mail Online.

“I hope to grab more medals in the 50m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. My target is to win my first medal in the SEA Games this year. It doesn’t matter what colour. I want to be on the podium.”

Wong’s new record timing was also quicker than Thailand’s Radomyos Matjiur, who clocked 1:03:06s to win the 2013 SEA Games gold medal in the exact same event.

There was more reasons for celebration as well, as Wong’s time also secured him a spot in the World Swimming Championship in Kazan, Russia, as it was the exact time required for qualification.

Photo Credits: Harian Metro

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