Sunday, September 24

Paralympic swim star battles injury to win three medals


Jamery with the medals he won at the 9th Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s paralympic swimmer Jamery Siga is disappointed with his performance at the 9th ASEAN Para Games despite winning one gold, one silver and one bronze in the regional championship that ended yesterday.

This is because the Limbang-born Jamery failed to retain the two gold medals he won at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore in 2015.

“I had a back injury two months ago and was forced to compete in pain.

“That greatly affected my performance in this championship and I am very disappointed after failing to defend the gold medals I won in Singapore two years ago,” he said.

“However, I have tried my best and I will try to improve my performance to face future competitions,” he added.

The 33-year old para swimmer and recent winner of the Para Sportsman award of the Sarawak Sports Awards 2015-2016 won the gold medal in the men’s 50m butterfly in 40secs, silver in the 200m freestyle in 3:12secs and bronze in the breaststroke in 1:46s.

“My target now is to prepare for the Asia Para Games which will be held in Indonesia next year,” said Jamery.