Heidi Gan bags gold medal at the Asian Open Water Swimming Championships
This marks Malaysia's first-ever win at the competition
Malaysian swimmer Heidi Gan made us all proud when she became the first Malaysian to win a title at the Asian Open Water Swimming Championships. On Sunday, the 28-year-old came out on top in the women's 10km event at Putrajaya Lake, finishing with a time of slightly over two hours. Heidi had previously won a bronze medal in the 5km race on Saturday.
It seems the day's hot weather worked to our local swimmer's advantage. "Coach Matt Magee had a strategy for me to keep pace with the Japanese swimmers. They were the favourites, but the humidity affected them," Heidi said.
"It's good to have the championships on this course. It's a good practice for me. Only the Thais and Singaporeans raced in these championships but I am pretty confident of my chances," she told The Star.
This monumental win might be a foreshadowing of more medals to come – the swimmer is now slated to win the gold medal in the same event at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Sea Games. Congratulations, Heidi!
Asian 10km Open Water Champion!! 🙌🏅🙌 Stoked to come away with a gold in the 10km event today! It was very tough conditions with starting water temp of 31°C 🔥😥☉. Congratulations to everyone who competed and to my teammate @kevin_yeap for taking bronze in the men's 10km! Thanks to ASUM and AASF for putting on a great event and to all my sponsors and supporters who came to cheer me on! Can't wait for SEA Games on the same course in 3 months time! 👊👊👊 #malaysiaboleh #goteammalaysia #openwater #asianchampion #TigerGan 🐯