Swimming: Daniel takes a break after outstanding Games
By : Christopher Raj
NATIONAL swimmer Daniel Bego has returned home to Kuching for Christmas but come January he will be back in the pool to prepare for the Beijing Olympics.
Daniel, who bagged gold medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the just concluded Korat Sea Games, is in outstanding form and hopes to maintain that form till the Olympics.
“It was a good outing for me in Korat but I am just enjoying my holidays now before I get back into the pool in January to prepare for the Olympics.” said the 18-year old Daniel.
The Sarawakian cracked the Sea Games 100m butterfly record when clocking 54.33 to improve on the old mark of 55.04 set by fellow Malaysian Lim Keng Liat at the 2003 Sea Games in Hanoi.
Daniel is the first Malaysian swimmer to qualify for three events in an Olympics but he claims it involved a lot of sacrifice and hard work.
“All the sacrifice and hardwork I put in has earned me the opportunity to compete in the Olympics, and now I have to work even harder.”
The Bukit Jalil Sports School’s Athlete of The Year had already qualified for Beijing in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle during an international championship in Chiba, Japan, in August.
The New Year holds a lot of promise for Daniel as he is a much respected athlete in the region and could give any Asian swimmer a run for his money.