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National swimmer competes in world meet
Sunday, December 19, 2021
ABOVE & BELOW: Christian Nikles; and BASA member Harjimmey Zainal. PHOTOS: BASA


Brunei Darussalam swimmer Christian Nikles competed in the men’s 50m freestyle event at the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates yesterday.

He clocked a time of 24.11 seconds in the short-course world meet to finish second in his heat round and 62nd overall out of 99 entries who completed the two-lap race.

He will conclude his campaign in the men’s 100m freestyle event tomorrow with national teammate Muhammad Isa bin Ahmad also scheduled to compete on the same day in the men’s 50m breaststroke event.

Earlier this month, both swimmers – accompanied by head coach Wu Na – underwent a training phase in Dubai to finalise their preparations ahead of the prestigious six-day tournament.

The top 16 swimmers who posted the quickest times qualified for the semi-finals.

In the heats round, Britain’s Benjamin Proud led the qualified group after registering a time of 20.91 seconds followed by the Netherlands’s Thom De Boer with a time of 20.94s and United States’ Ryan Held with a time of 21.01 seconds.

Organised by International Swimming Federation (FINA), the tournament attracted some of the best swimmers in the world and rising talents from the hosts United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) member Harjimmey Zainal was nominated as an International Technical Official for the same tournament.

Harjimmey is among the only four being selected to represent Asia along with China, India and Singapore.

The Abu Dhabi meet is Harjimmey’s second tour of duty as an International Technical Official having taken the role for the first time in the FINA World Championships held in Budapest in 2017.

Harjimmey’s services spanned almost a decade with appearances in the Youth Olympics, Asian Games, Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and SEA Age Groups Swimming Championships.

Courtesy from Borneo Bulletin