Thursday, February 2

Killian storms into the limelight


Swimmers focus on the plunge for the Boy’s B 100m breaststroke at Bukit Lima yesterday.

SIBU: Four more records tumbled at the Sibu Age-Group Swimming Championship at Bukit Lima Swimming Pool yesterday.

State swimmer Nee Gui Ping, as expected, stamped his authority with two new records in the Boy’s B 50m butterfly (26.90sec) and 50m backstroke (30.03sec).

But it was another swimmer in the same Boy’s B category who stole the show on the second day of the meet.

15 year-old Killian Ung Shihuang from SMK Chung Hua powered past the more illustrious Gui Ping in the final few metres to win the 400m Individual Medley. His time of 4:49.00 erased the old standard of 5:00.11 set by Alex Tiong in 2011.

“It was a good win and the win sure provides me the inspiration to go one step better,” said Killian whose favorite event is the 400m IM.

State swimming coach Hii Hieng Chiong was all praise for Killian, saying the boy has shown great potential in the distance events.

“It’s good that we have two boys in the same category batting each other for the titles and such competition is bound to translate into better results.”

Hii suggested that Killian could be a potential swimmer for next year’s Sukma.

“So long as he continues to train hard and fight for the titles, there is every opportunity for him to hit greater heights.”

The other record was contributed by the SMK Methodist quartet in the Girl’s A 4x100m medley.

They clocked 6:09.27 to better the old record of 7:15.66.