Sunday, January 29

Miri swimmers perform well at Hornbill Cup Championship

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Miri swimmers with their medals during the recent Hornbill Cup Championship. Also seen are Kristen Chong (front row, second right) and Hubert Ho (back row, right).

MIRI: Swimmers from Miri Amateur Swimming Association (Masa) and Sailfish Club made a commendable performance despite finishing outside the top three at the recent Hornbill Cup Championship 2018 held at Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre in Kuching.

Masa finished fourth overall in the three-day championship.

Akademi Renang Bestari were the overall champion, followed by Power Aquatic Swimming Club and Kasa 2010.

Masa secretary Amy Ting said 19 out of 21 swimmers managed to bring back medals.

“In the individual events we won 19 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals while for the team relay our swimmers bagged one gold, two silver and seven bronze medals,” she added.

Hubert Ho Rze Jie and Kristen Chong Siew Yet were named the best boy and girl in their age group respectively.

“It was a great experience and exposure for all the swimmers,” Ting told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Both Ho and Chong are state swimmers.

Ho collected six gold, one silver and three bronze medals while Chong secured four gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Another two state swimmers from Miri also contributed immensely to the medal tally.

They were Hector Ho who won five gold and one silver medals, and Leong Wan Ying who bagged four gold and four silver.

Ting said the Hornbill Cup is Sarawak’s first ever short course inter-club meet, therefore there is no record in each event.

“Our coach is Mandu Nyungkan and Amanda Ngieng is our team manager and they were pleased that most of Masa swimmers have improved their personal best and hopefully in Miri 1st Sprint Championship next month, the swimmers can perform even better,” she said adding that Masa’s vision is to produce more swimming stars in the future.

Eleven teams competed in 81 events in the championship which was officially closed by Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan.