Arvin first Malaysian Sikh swimmer to bag medal at Sea Games

Arvin (second from left) and the Malaysian team that won bronze for 4x200m freestyle relay at Sea Games 2019
By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

Less than a fortnight before his birthday, swimmer Arvin Shaun Singh Chahal grabbed his first medal at the SEA Games in the 4x200m freestyle relay swimming.

The Malaysian team won the bronze medal in the event today (5 Dec 2019).

The 18-year-old swimmer, the first swimmer of Sikh-descent to compete in the Southeast Asia games, is based in Australia.

He showed his potential at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2018 in Perak where he won two silvers in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley and a bronze in the 400m individual medley.

In an interview with The Star last year, Arvin said: “I played a lot of sports when I was much younger. I used to play football and in fact, I was playing five to six sports a week. But eventually I cut down to just swimming. It’s an all-round exercise and my parents also have sporting backgrounds, so they support me wholeheartedly on what I choose.”



Arvin determined to swim for Malaysia in the SEA Games – Report (Asia Samachar, 29 Dec 2018)


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    Phee-w! That was a close one as Jinq En is third time lucky

    PHEE Jinq En swam the race of her life to clinch the women’s 50m breaststroke gold by just 0.01 of a second at New Clark City Aquatics Centre yesterday.

    What makes her achievement all the more amazing is that she had, earlier in the morning, smashed her own national record by clocking 31.40s in the heats, before equalling it in the final in the evening.

    The 22-year-old pipped Thailand’s Srisa Ard Jenjira (31.41s) to the gold while Singapore’s Christie Chue (31.43s) took bronze.

    Having won bronze in the previous two editions — Singapore 2015 and KL 2017 — Jinq En finally hit paydirt at the third time of asking.

    And what a close call it was.

    “Only 0.01s! That’s how close it was,” screeched a jubilant Jinq En, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke in 2015.

    “I usually swim slower in the afternoon… because of fatigue. But, after three barren days (for gold) at the pool, I really wanted it badly.”

    So, what’s next for the speedster?

    “I just finished a wonderful race and am going to rest before I try for the 100m (breaststroke on Sunday). Right now, I am only thinking about celebrating,” she replied.

    Meanwhile, Khiew Hoe Yean clocked 2:03.89 to hand Malaysia a bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke. Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen (2:00.06) took gold while Indonesia’s Tangkas Farrel (2:02.75) bagged silver.

    After three days of action in the pool, the only other “success” story for Malaysia is the emergence of Arvin Singh.

    He became the first Punjabi Sikh to represent Malaysia in Sea Games swimming and helped deliver a bronze in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

    Welson Sim, Hoe Yean, Keith Lim and Arvin finished third in 7:27.55s.

    And Arvin did not even know that he had created history.

    “Really? I’m the first Malaysian Sikh swimmer to represent the country in the Sea Games?

    “Wow! I didn’t know I was the first. I’m very proud to represent the country,” said Arvin, who is based in Sydney and whose mother is Thai-Chinese.

    Asked what’s next for him, Arvin said: “I want to train harder and qualify for the next Olympics. That’s my aim now.”