LABUAN: Sabah’s Sukma swimmer, Janetty John Fabian made history at the 4th Labuan International Swimming Championships 2019 here today, clinching eight gold and one silver medal in nine events to emerge top female performer.
The 14-year-old Sabah’s swimmer from the Penampang Preppies Swimming Club won 100 meter backstroke with one minute and 16 seconds (1:16s), 100 meter freestyle (1:02s), 200 meter freestyle (2:25s), 50 meter freestyle (29s), 50 meter backstroke (33s ), 50 meter breaststroke (37s), 100 meter butterfly ((1:11s), 4×50 meter (mixed 18 under) medley relay with two minutes and 14 seconds (2:14s).
She broke his two personal best in 100 meter freestyle (1:02s) and 50 meter breaststroke (37 seconds) at the Labuan International School’s swimming pool arena
Janetty was the first runner up (Girls 13-14) in the 100 meter breaststroke with one minute 26 seconds (1:26s) against Kristen Chong Siee Yet from Sailfish Aquatic Athletic of Miri, Sarawak.
Emmanuel Sipawol, 14, also from Penampang Preppies Swimming Club clinched five gold to emerge the best swimmer (best boy group 2), Tan Jie Sheng, 16, from Labuan International School (LIS) best boy swimmer (Group 1), clinching five gold, two silver and two bronze and Siti Izzah Atira Tanan, became the best girl swimmer (Group 1) with five gold.
Penampang Preppies emerged overall champion with 101 medals (42 gold, 26 silver and 33 bronze), Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Sabah emerged second place with 41 medals (24 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze) and Labuan International Schools with 35 medals (I0 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze).
Labuan Aquatic Association in collaboration with Labuan International School (LIS) hosted the two-day event, which was open to swimmers aged between 8 and 18 years from affiliated clubs from across Malaysia.
A total of 179 swimmers from 10 clubs took part in the event.
Apart from PPSC with 46 swimmers, Sabah Sports Malaysia School (12), NHS Swimming Club Melaka (13), Miri Sailfish (16), KRP Miri (three), Brunei Speed Swimming Club (three), PSI Brunei (nine), Persatuan Renang Labuan (18), Labuan International School (31) and Persatuan Akuatik Labuan with 28 swimmers.
LIS chief executive officer Jaffree Ismail said the school was committed to making Labuan International Swimming Championship event as a premier sporting event for Labuan with the hope it would contribute to develop Labuan as the key aquatic sports centre.
Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Rozman Isli said the international event has greatly developed the sport on the island.
“Having an Olympic-sized swimming pool, we should make use of it to the better to scout new young talent for our sport development,” he said at the closing ceremony.
Rozman also announced an undisclosed allocation for next year’s event.
The event was supported by Majlis Sukan Wilayah Persekutuan and jointly sponsored by Labuan International School, Mariner Hotel Labuan, Market Management Services Sdn Bhd (Education Placement), Swimshop2U, FINIS, Real OutPlay, MILO-the official malt chocolate beverage, SkyBlue water and Sky Park Trading.