Sandakan Loo shines in Phnom Penh
Published on: Saturday, July 06, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir

SANDAKAN: Sandakan-born swimmer, Loo Yie Bing won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the South East Asia’s Age Group Swimming Competition held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from June 28-30 at the Morodok National Stadium.

A total of 947 swimmers from the 10 Asean countries participated in the event.

The Malaysian contingent represented by 29 members returned with seven gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals and placed sixth overall behind Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Twelve-year-old Loo, being the youngest member of the team, took gold in the girls’ 100m freestyle with a time of 59.39s and team gold in the mixed Under-18 medley relay with national teammates Alicia Ann Soosai (Johore), Bryan Leong (Kuala Lumpur) and  Steve Khiew Hoe Yean (Kuala Lumpur).

Loo also snatched won two silvers in the individual 50m freestyle and  Under-18 mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay with Hii Puong Wei (Sarawak), Steve Khiew Hoe Yean (Kuala Lumpur) and Lim Shun Qi (Selangor), as well as two bronzes in the individual 50m breaststrokes and 4 x 100m women relay with teammates Liew Chern Xin (Selangor), Lim Shun Qi (Selangor) and Goh Chia Tong (Melaka). 

Loo was selected by the national body after she qualified during the National Age Group meet in March at Bukit Jalil.

She is trained by former Malaysian Olympian swimmer, and current Sabah swimming head coach Elvin Chia Tshun Thau and SSA Chairman, former swimmer Derek Chui Wui Jing.


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