Ian James splashes his way to a new National record
Posted on July 10, 2012, Tuesday
KUANTAN: National swimmer Ian James Barr representing Federal Territory splashed his way to a new national record in the men’s 200m Individual Medley en route to winning the gold medal at the Wisma Belia Aquatic Complex here yesterday.
Ian James, 17, clocked 2 minutes 5.82 seconds to erase his own national mark of 2:6.98s which he had set during the SEA Games in Indonesia last year.
Its was the Methodist Boys School student’s second gold medal of the games from as many events since he had also won the 50m Backstroke yesterday.
“It (record) was indeed a pleasant surprise since I have not trained for three weeks after injuring my hand. Despite the lack of training, I swam well but did not expect to the break record,” he told reporters after the event.
He beat Tia’a Faang Der from Johor who was a distant second with a time of 2:13.86s while Teh Wei Pin from Selangor took the bronze with a time of 2:13.96s.
Ian James said he had suffered the injury during the South East Asia Swimming Championships in Singapore last month.
“The hand still hurts but I have recovered almost 85 percent,” said Ian James who wants to concentrate on preparations for his Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) after the SUKMA.
Yesterday, eight gold medals were at stake in swimming events and Selangor once again dominated the action in the pool by winning four gold medals – women’s 200m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly plus the men’s 100m Freestyle. — Bernama