Heidi Gan bags gold medal at the Asian Open Water Swimming Championships

This marks Malaysia's first-ever win at the competition

By Lydia Chan | Published: 22 May 2017

Heidi wins gold
Photo: Heidi Gan

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!

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