BY LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top swimmer Welson Sim finished a creditable fifth in the men’s 200m freestyle final in the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monte Carlo.
The 20-year-old Welson touched the wall in 1:49.61 to tie with Stanley Matthew of New Zealand for fifth in a world class field on Sunday.
Britain’s Guy James, the reigning world champion, won the race in 1:47.27 ahead of South African Brown Devon Myles (1:48.31).
Australian Mack Horton, the Rio Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle, took the last spot on the podium in 1:48.56.
Kuala Lumpur SEA Games-bound Welson made the nation proud when he claimed gold in the 400m freestyle on Saturday.
The Rio Olympian overtook Horton in the last 100m to set a new national record of 3:49.48 and claim his first ever win in the Mare Nostrum Tour.
Fellow Olympian Phee Jinq En’s bid for a medal ended when she finished eighth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final with a time of 33.09.
Chan Jie and Tern Jian Han finished fifth (55.21) and (57.02) in the men’s 100m butterfly B final.
Wong Fu Kang clocked 1:05.01 for seventh place in the men’s 100m breaststroke B final while Caroline Chan clocked 1:07.31 to be placed fourth in the women’s 100m backstroke B final.
The Malaysians will now proceed to the other legs in Barcelona, Spain (June 13-14), and Canet, France (June 17-18).
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