Monday, September 25, 2017

Son of Myanmar swim star sets US age-group records

Winn Aung, 12, the son of former Myanmar national swimmer Than Tun Aung, now living in Redding, California, broke another two United States national age-group records to take the total number of long-course records he currently holds to five.

The Myanmar Swimming Federation took to Facebook on June 15 to offer their congratulations to the swimmer, who broke the 11-12 age-group records for the 200 metres freestyle and 200m butterfly events at the Sanders Long Course Invitational in Roseville, California.

Winn Aung adds those times to the records he already holds in the same events in a short-course pool as well as the long-course records for the 10-and-under age-group at 50m free, 100m free and 200m free.

His newest record – 2 minutes 12 secs 91 milliseconds for the 200m fly – took 1.49 seconds off the time set by both Ryan Murphy (2008) and Seth Say Woon Chun (2013). The former now competes at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) level in the US, where he reigns as a four-time individual champion. He also holds the current NCAA record for the 200 yards backstroke, a record previously held by five-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte.

Coincidentally, Winn Aung’s newest record also has a roundabout connection to Joseph Schooling, the Singaporean swimmer who swam his way to nine gold medals – including the 200m fly – from the OCBC Aquatic Arena and became the star of the recent 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

When Murphy set the record in 2008, his coach with the Bolles School Sharks was the Spaniard Sergio Lopez. In January 2015, Lopez was appointed head coach of Singapore Swimming.

Myat Thint, 13, was Myanmar’s entry in the 200m fly at Singapore Games, clocking a 2:32.51 in the heats. Schooling swam a 1:55.73 in the final to set a Games record.

– AFP

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