Mohamed Rihan Shiham and Mohamed Aan Hussain of the national swimming team have made waves at the ongoing 66th Malaysia Open Swimming Championship by setting new national records. The championship is held from 23 to 26 May.

Shiham achieved a remarkable feat in the men’s long-course 1,500-metre freestyle event, breaking a record that had stood unbroken for the last six years. He finished the race in 18:03.57 to set the new record. Mubal Azzam Ibrahim held the previous national record for this event with 19:26.54, which he achieved at the 18th Asian Games in 2018.

Shiham also set a new national record in the long-course 100-metre butterfly category with a timing of 01:00.73.

Not to be outdone, Hussain also left his mark in the competition by renewing the national record in the men’s long-course 100-metre freestyle event. He broke his own record by completing the race in 00:54.45.

Hussain had previously set the national record for this event at the 11th Asian Age Group Championships earlier this year, achieving a time of 00:55.11. His latest achievement further solidifies his position as a standout talent in competitive swimming in the Maldives.