Bali Hosts 2nd SEA Open Water Swimming Championships: Stunning Victories and Strong Participation

Bali Hosts 2nd SEA Open Water Swimming Championships: Stunning Victories and Strong Participation

From June 28 to June 30, The 2nd Southeast Asia Open Water Swimming Championships 2024 took place at Jimbaran Beach in Bali. Swimmers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia participated in the event. The event is organized by the Central Board of the Indonesian Swimming Association (PB PRSI)/Aquatics Indonesia.

The 2nd SEA OWS schedule began on Friday, June 28, with the 5-kilometer men’s and women’s events. The next day featured the 10-kilometer men’s and women’s events. The final day saw an exciting 4×1.5 kilometer mixed relay. There were 44 athletes representing Indonesia, 17 representing Singapore and Thailand while Malaysia had 10 swimmers in the championship swims.

Of the eight age group categories for the 5 kilometer (km) event on the first day, Thailand won six gold.

On the second day of the championship, Singaporean swimmer Ching Hwee Gan won the gold medal in the women’s 10-kilometer event for swimmers aged 20 and above. Ching completed the race in a very impressive 2:13:30.5. Adinda Larasati Dewi Kirani from Indonesia won the silver medal with a time of 2:16:47.7. Pimpun Choopong from Thailand took bronze, finishing a second with a time of 2:16:48.8.

In the men’s 10-kilometer overall category, Indonesian swimmer Aflah Fadlan Prawira received the gold medal with a time of 2:05:23.8. He was followed by Thailand’s Happy Kumton, who secured the silver medal with a time of 2:07:02.7. Indonesia’s Dimas Permana Taufik took the bronze, finishing in 2:14:16.1.

After the championship, Indonesian Aquatics organized the Open Water Swimming Festival on June 30, 2024 with over 350 participants. The event categories were 500 meters, 1 kilometer, 1.5 kilometers, and 3 kilometers. There were hundreds of participants aged 12 to over 70 from all over the world. This is part of the Indonesian Aquatics program. It aims to popularize swimming under the tagline “Ayo BeRenang” and promote sports tourism in Bali.

“Ayo BeRenang” is an Indonesian phrase that translates to “Let’s Swim” in English. It is a campaign or movement aimed at promoting swimming as a popular and accessible sport among people of all ages in Indonesia.

5km Events

Girls Events

A. Age Category 14-15 years old

  • Gold: Elisabeth Calmels (Thailand) 01.06.41.7
  • Silver: Kullanit Theeka (Thailand) 01.10.58.2
  • Bronze: Feni Anggia (Indonesia) 01.11.20.4

B. Age Category 16-17 Years Old

  • Gold: Thitirat Charoensup (Thailand) 01.05.13
  • Silver: Naurah Chalisa (Indonesia) 01.11.20,6
  • Bronze: Diva Prissilia (Indonesia) 01.11.29,1

C. Age category 18-19 years old

  • Gold: Izzy Dwifaiva (Indonesia) 01.05.48.8
  • Silver: Natwara Beaver Sugar (Thailand) 09/01/2019
  • Bronze: Kelly Teo Yao (Malaysia) 01.09.24.3

D. 20 years and above category

  • Gold: Pimpun Choopong (Thailand) 01.05.15.0
  • Silver: Dea Salsabila (Indonesia) 01.09.48.0

Boys Events 

A. Age Category 14-15 years old

  • Gold: Khomcan Wichachai (Thailand) 01.03.48.2
  • Silver: Russel Pang (Singapore) 01.03.49.2
  • Bronze: Suradit Shupankong (Thailand) 01.04.43.5

B. Age Category 16-17 Years Old

  • Gold: M. Akbar Son (Indonesia) 01.02.48.5
  • Silver: Aslan Adnan (Malaysia) 01.04.35.3
  • Bronze: Nitis Sirisuwannakit (Thailand) 01.04.42.8

C. Age Category 18-19

  • Gold: Nitis Natesawang (Thailand) 1.01.08.2
  • Silver: Nithikon Jeampiriy Akul (Thailand) 1.03.35.6
  • Bronze: The Great Sulaksono (Indonesia) 01.04.51.4

D. 20 years old and above category

  • Gold: Happy Kumton (Thailand) 01.00.35.3
  • Silver: Aryton Lukasevits (Singapore) 01.00.38.2
  • Bronze: Alvino Wijaya (Indonesia) 01.04.10.1

10km Events 

Girls Events

A. Age Category 16-17 Years Old

  • Gold: Thitirat Charoensup (Thailand) 02.17.13.3
  • Silver: Kate Ona (Singapore) 02.24.17.0
  • Bronze: Nabila Zalma (Indonesia) 02.29.13.7

B. Age Category 18-19

  • Gold: Natwara Bavornsukeri (Thailand) 02.23.19.4
  • Silver: Magdalena Lau (Malaysia) 02.27.00.2
  • Bronze: Double Aprilia (Indonesia) 02.29.11.0

C. 20 years and above category

  • Gold: Ching Hwee Gan (Singapore) 02.13.30.5
  • Silver: Adinda Larasati Dewi (Indonesia) 02.16.47.7
  • Bronze: Pimpun Chopong (Thailand) 02.16.48.8

Boys Events

A. 16-17 years old category

  • Gold: Justin Emmanuelle Banik (Indonesia) 02.14.16.3
  • Silver: Alexander Adrian (Indonesia) 02.14.24.7
  • Bronze: Zhen Ning Thong (Malaysia) 02.14.45.7

B. 18-19 years old category

  • Gold: Nitis Natesawang (Thailand) 02.09.47,6
  • Silver: Maruj annark (Thailand) 02.14.17,6
  • Bronze: Ethan Fong Seng Yuen (Singapore) 02.16.21.5

C. 20 years old and above Age Category

  • Gold: Aflah Please Prawira (Indonesia) 02.05.23.8
  • Silver: Happy Kumton (Thailand) 02.07.02.7
  • Bronze: Dimas Permana Taufik (Indonesia) 02.14.16.1

Mixed Relay

Mixed < 18 

  • Gold: Thailand (1:1746.4)
  • Silver: Singapore (1.20.53.5)
  • Bronze: Indonesia (01.21.04.3)

4x1500m Open Mixed Team Relay

  • Gold: Indonesia (01.14.18.4)
  • Silver: Thailand (1:14:55.8 )
  • Bronze: Singapore (01.15.12.8)
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