Welson Sim determined to set new national record

SEA Games 400m freestyle gold medalist, Welson Sim, is still not satisfied with his result and claims that he can swim faster and also vows to prove it in the upcoming FINA World Championships that will be held in Kazan, Russia, starting July 24 before ending at August 9.

The 18 year-old is keen on challenging for more than a bronze medal in the 200m event and hopes to break his time record in the 400m event.

In the Singapore SEA Games, Welson recorded a time of 3m 57.97s to clinch the ultimate gold medal in the 400m and took home a bronze medal with a time of 1m 50.73s in the 200m event.

Welson claims that competing with international swimmers has made him determined to improve his achievements.

“I am happy that I got to secure a gold medal and bronze medal in the SEA Games, but I couldn’t set a personal best record. My best record in the 200m event was 1m 49.67s whereas in the 400m it is 3m 53.91s,” said Welson as quoted from Nanyang. 

“My record at the SEA Games could not even break Kevin Yeap’s record of 3m 53.26s.”

“My goal is to set a new national record (including Daniel Bego’s 200m record of 1m 49.22s), I hope that I’ll be able to do well in Kazan.”

“I might not have the opportunity to swim against Sun Yan (China) or Kosuke Hagino (Japan), but there are still a lot of strong opponents in the competition that, just like me, want to set new records.”

Photo credits: The Rakyat Post

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