Bruneian 2nd in Labuan


Ex-national swimmer Goh takes silver in Labuan Cross Channel Swimming Challenge. Nurizyenny also shines in open-water race.

AARON Goh had something to write home about after competing in the Labuan International Sea Challenge (LISC) yesterday.

The Bruneian finished second in the men's 18-44 years old category at the Labuan Cross Channel Swimming Challenge after clocking 1:44:44.85 in his maiden open-water race, and admitted he was as surprised as anyone to have done so well.

"It's not bad considering this is my first time," said the ex-national swimmer after the six-man, 5.4 kilometres race at the Labuan International Sea Sports Complex.

"My aim was just to complete the race and I trained four to five times a week by swimming 2.5-3km every time," added the 32-year-old Goh, who represented the Sultanate in swimming from 1990 to 2000.

Labuan's Ian Leondy Bell won the category with a time of 1:17:59.48, while Brunei-based Singaporean Danial Izwan Phua came in third at 1:50:12.96.

Brunei also had an entry in the women's 18-44 years old category, where Nurizyenny Hj Muslim came in fifth in a field of six swimmers with a time of 2:04:25.83.

Like Goh, Nurizyenny's target was only to complete her debut open-water race.

"I came here (to Labuan) to finish it ... that's all. I have swum before but I haven't been training at all for this event," she told The Brunei Times.

Sabah's Lo Meng Lai won the race after clocking 1:29:05.85. Kuala Lumpur's Khor Yim Yan (1:30:52.65) and India's Bhargobi Gogoi (1:39:16.72) came in second and third respectively.

A total of eight categories were contested in the race.

Bruneians still have a chance at finishing on the podium in Labuan when they take to the 50km Round Island Kayak Challenge where four individuals and five two-member teams will be competing today.

The kayaking race is being held over two days, though yesterday's results could not be obtained as of Press time.

Organised for the past 11 years, the LISC is a part of the Malaysia Water Festival in which water-based events are organised all across the country.

Jet ski races, parasailing, kayaking, yachting, boat rides and fishing competitions were among the other activities organised during the three-day LISC. The Brunei Times

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