Kotas swimmers bag 13 golds on first day of SAG Championship


Sukma swimmer Leong Wan Mei won the Girls’ A (15-17 years old) 100m freestyle in 1:00.96s, just 0.29s shy of rewriting the old record of 1:00.68s set by Erika Kong Jia Jia of Kasa 2010 seven years ago. — Photos by Tommy Ng

MIRI: Kota Samarahan Amateur Swimming (Kotas) made a strong start in the bid to defend their overall championship crown on the first day of the 45th Sarawak Age Group Swimming (SAG) Championship at the Miri Public Swimming Pool yesterday.

Powered by the Hii brothers of Puong Hou, Puong Wei and Puong Jie as well as the Chang sisters Renee and Rachel, Kotas captured 13 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals to grab an early lead in the championship charge.

Limbang Amateur Swimming Association (Lasa) were a surprise second in the medal tally standings, trailing Kotas by a single gold besides winning 10 silver and 15 bronze medals while Kuching Amateur Swimming Association (Kasa) 2010 were third with eight gold, 12 silver and four bronze medals.

In fourth to sixth positions were host Miri Amateur Swimming Association (Masa) with five

gold, four silver and five bronze medals and Sibu Amateur Swimming Association (Sasa) with four gold, six silver and 10 silver medals while Basa, who have yet to bag a gold medal, have collected two silver and three bronze medals.

A total of 42 events were competed yesterday under the

hot sun and 58 more events will be held on the second day of competition today and the final day shall see 56 more events to be competed.

The annual state championship organised by Amateur Swimming Association of Sarawak is the platform to qualify the swimmers for the National Age Group Swimming Championship at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur next month.