KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) – Swim team chief coach, Chris Martin, is optimistic the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) target of five gold medals from the 30th SEA Games in November, is achievable.
The American with over 30 years of training experience also said he has “chosen” who will make the team but is keeping mum so as to give the others a chance to prove themselves.
"I already have the list, especially in the A category (fully-sponsored athletes), but I can't say who they are because the management (ASUM) needs to see the names first, but I know who has the best chance to win the medal," he told reporters when Philippines 2019 SEA Games chef de mission, Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, visited the National Aquatics Centre, Bukit Jalil, with deputy chef de mission II and national swimming legend, Nurul Huda Abdullah, yesterday.
Aside from this, Martin spoke about top Malaysian swimmer, Welson Sim, 22, who has to make a decision about moving to Australia or flying down regularly for his training attachment with Vicente Swimming Club under coach Craig Jackson and alongside Australia 400m freestyle Olympic champion, Mack Horton.
"Training in Australia for the past six months has been very beneficial for him, and if he wants to continue his training there, I fully support him," Martin said.
Former top national swimmer, Alex Lim, counselled the Sarawakian to priorities the events he joins following a poor outing at the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July, sparking concern about him qualifying for the Olympics.
Before this, the country’s main Tokyo 2020 Olympics hope, competed at the Malaysian Open in April and Singapore Open in June.