SEA Games debutant Wong Fu Kang, only 16, showed why is set be Malaysia’s next swimming sensation in this region when won the gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the OCBC Aquatic Centre – Malaysia’s first gold in swimming at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on Sunday.
Although he broke Elvin Chia’s 15-year record of 1:02.59 with a new time of 1:02.56 at the Malaysian Open before coming to Singapore, Fu Kang was not expected to strike gold in the 100m breaststroke after finishing a disappointing fifth in the 200m breaststroke on Saturday.
However, Fu Kang revealed that he used the disappointment as the “launching pad” to win a medal in the 100m breaststroke but the gold is a “real surprise” as it was not on his mind.
“It was disappointing in the 200m (breaststroke) but I was well prepared to get a medal in the 100m (breaststroke)…the gold is a real surprise,” said Fu Kang, who was not able to break the existing SEA Games record of 1:01.60 held by Vietnam’s Nguyen Hau Viet set in Vientiane, Laos during the 2009 SEA Games.
“I made a big blunder in the 200m when I went out too fast in the first 100m and was pumped out. I used that as a lesson and paced my race well in winning the gold.”
Malaysia also struck silver in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay with Daniel Bego, Kevin Yeap, Lim Ching Hwang and Welson Sim clocking 7:30.13s – behind Singapore’s golden effort with a time of 7:18.14s and rewrote their own record of 7:26.67s in winning the gold in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar at the last Games in 2013.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke
1. Wong Fu Kang (Mas) 1:02.46
2. Radomyos Matjiur (Tha) 1:02.63
3. Joshua Hall (Phi) 1:02.87
Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay
1. Singapore 7:18.14s
2. Malaysia 7:30.13s
3. Indonesia 7:35.63s