Phee sets new 100m breastroke record

Malaysia’s swimming sensation Phee Jinq En kept her pre-race promise by retaining the women’s 100m breaststroke gold en route to smashing the eight-year old SEA Games record in the women’s 100m Breastroke at the National Aquatic Centre in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Phee clocked 1:09s to renew the old record of 1:09.82s held by Siow Yi Ting since the 2009 edition hosted by Laos in Vientiane.

“I feel the pressure is off my shoulder now because I was under a lot of stress to do well since I was the defending champion and the expectation from the home crowd was high.

“I am happy that I won and made the local fans happy, but the SEA Games record was a bonus. So, it’s a double joy for me,” she told reporters.

Meanwhile, another national swimmer, Nadia Adrianna Redza, finished last in the women’s 200m individual medley with a time of 2:26.13.

In men’s competition Lim Ching Hwang, who qualified second in the heats earlier, failed to finish among the medal winners in the men’s 200m individual medley.

The petanque squad swept the men’s doubles gold yesterday to win their second gold medal of the Games and surpass the initial target at the Pudu Ulu Recreation Park.

Saiful Bahri Musmin/Syed Akmal Fikri Syed Ali scored a 13-0 victory over Thailand’s Piyabut Chamchoi/Sunchai Chueanchuea.

“Based on the current performance, the Petanque Association of Malaysia feel the squad can add on to the two gold tally by winning the men’s triples, women’s triples or mixed doubles,” said petanque coach Zani Lisa Mohamad. — Bernama