Swimming: SSA to hold open water race on March 25 as qualifier for KL SEA Games

Open-water swimmer Brandon Boon clinched a bronze medal in the 5,000m category of  the Liberty Insurance open water South-east Asian race in Palembang in 2011.
Open-water swimmer Brandon Boon clinched a bronze medal in the 5,000m category of the Liberty Insurance open water South-east Asian race in Palembang in 2011. PHOTO: BOBBY BOON
Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy at a media session held at the Sports Hub Library on April 19, 2016.
Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy at a media session held at the Sports Hub Library on April 19, 2016. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) will hold the Liberty Insurance open water South-east Asian qualifiers on March 25 in the hopes of sending athletes to the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

The open water event was last held at the 2011 Games in Palembang, with Brandon Boon clinching a bronze medal in the 5,000m race for Singapore.

Next Saturday's race at the Constant Wind Sea Sports and Sailing School in Changi will consist of a 10,000m swim, which will be contested at the Aug 19-31 KL Games.

The top two male and female local finishers will be nominated by the SSA should the meet the B timings.

For male swimmers, that is 2hr 16min 51.10sec and for female swimmers, it is 2:40:22:26 to be considered.

SSA president Lee Kok Choy said in a media release on Friday (March 17): "As open water swimming is an Olympic aquatic discipline which provides an extra avenue for long distance swimmers and triathletes to compete in, we expect to see good participation in the upcoming open water SEA Games qualifier."

The event is open to all swimmers 14 years and above who are registered with SSA affiliate clubs or national federations affiliated to Fina.

There is no qualifying entry time.

Interested individuals should contact the SSA (www.swimming.org.sg) for more information on how they can register for the qualifier.

Athletes from all South-east Asian countries have also been invited to participate in the meet.