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Asiad swimming: Welsom Sim sets new national record in 800m

August 21, 2018 12:30 AM
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JAKARTA: National swimmer Welsom Sim Wee Sheng (pix) set a New National Record (NR) in the final of the men's 800m freestyle at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games here today.

The Sarawak-born swimmer clocked 8 minutes 12:46 seconds at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatics Centre, thus rewriting the old NR of 8:12:74s which he himself set at the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships in 2015.

However, despite the good time, he finished last out of eight swimmers.

Former Olympic champion Sun Yang from China set a new Games Record of 7:48:36s en route to the gold while Takeda Shogo of Japan and Vietnamese Nguyen Huy Hoang picked up the silver and bronze after posting 7:53:01s and 7:54:32 s respectively.


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