Over 300 compete in Speedo Malaysia International Masters Swimming Championship 2017

Over 300 compete in Speedo Malaysia International Masters Swimming Championship 2017

KUCHING – Over 300 swimmers including those from overseas are competing in the Speedo Malaysia International Masters Swimming Championship 2017 which is being held at Pandelela Rinong Aquatics Centre in Petra Jaya on December 9.

The one-day event is jointly organised by Amateur Swimming Association of Sarawak (ASAS) and Amateur Swimming Union Malaysia (ASUM) in collaboration with Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC).

The participants for this year’s event came from Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Australia and Malaysia. They aged between 24 to 70 years and above. Many of them had also joined last year’s competition held at Darul Ehsan Aquatics Centre in Selangor on 10 December 2016 including defending champion, Team New Wave.

The event is divided into team and individual categories with the rules and regulations will follow the International Swimming Federation (FINA). Both the male and female participants will divided into 11 age-groups but they are allowed to form a team for the relay events.

For the men’s 4-team member relay events, the MR1 category is open those teams with a combine age of between 120-159 years; the MR2 category is for teams with members with combined age of between 160-199 years while the MR3 category is for teams with members with combined age of between 200-239 years.

There will also be the mixed relays competition for teams comprising of 2 men and 2 women with the

MX1 category is for teams with members with combined age of between 120-159 years while the MX2 is for teams with members with combined age of between 160-199 years and the MX3 is for teams with members with combined age of between 200-239 years.

The event is divided into the following categories: 200M Men Freestyle, 200M Women Freestyle, 4x50M Mixed Medley Relay, 50M Men Backstroke, 50M Women Backstroke, 100M Men Freestyle, 100M Women Freestyle, 50M Men Breaststroke, 50M Men Breaststroke, 4x50M Men Freestyle, 4x50M Women Freestyle. The races are schedule to be held in the morning.

In the afternoon, the following events will be held namely 200M IM Men, 200M IM Women, 50M Men Butterfly, 50M Women Butterfly, 100M Men Breaststroke, 100M Women Breaststroke, 50M Men Freestyle, 50M Women Freestyle, 4x50M Men Medley Men and 4x50M Women Medley Relay.

The winning team shall be determined by the highest total number of points collected by their respective swimmers in individual and relay events. Last year’s championship title went to New Wave Swimming Club which collected a total of 1,499 points followed by Buaya Swim Team with 959 points while Indo Master Swimmers finished third with 362.5 points.