Swimmer Khiew Hoe Yean Breaks the 200m Individual Medley National Record
By: Michelle Liew
Rising national swimmer Khiew Hoe Yean was clearly in a class of his own when he successfully broke the national record in the 200-meter individual medley (IM) event at the 65th Malaysian Open Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil yesterday.
The winner of the last edition of the SEA Games gold medal recorded 2 minutes 03.77 seconds (s) to erase the record of Lim Ching Hwang who is now representing Singapore, who previously set a record of 2:03.86s at the 2016 Bahamas Championships.
Hoe Yean managed to win the bronze medal after Taiwanese athlete Wang Hsing Hao topped the event with a record of 2:01.50s, followed by Wantenaar Ronan Zuberg from Nambia who recorded 2:03.64s.
Hoe Yean expressed his happiness when he was able to put on his best performance at home and is determined to break the record or improve the time record at the next tournament.
"I really didn't think I would be able to break the record because I was only here to do my best. At first, I didn't notice but people told me about it (national record).
"It's good because it's a new national record and a new standard, I hope that after this I can record a better time because there are only a few seconds difference. However, so far everything is going well, and I hope to be able to continue this pace for tomorrow," he told reporters. here today.
He also managed to win a gold medal in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay event with Muhammad Dhuha Zulfikry, Muhammad Farhan Andi Maroef and Jayden Tan, while finishing fourth in the men's 100m freestyle event.