GOLD COAST: Winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games was never in the perspective for the swimmers but some made significant progress which bodes well ahead of the Indonesia Asian Games.
Tern Jian Han was the star of the Malaysian team when he smashed Lim Keng Liat's 50m backstroke record by clocking 25.60s while Welson Sim also made the 400m freestyle final.
Chan Jie also served a surprise by reaching the 100m butterfly semi-finals and as for Keith Lim, he managed to equal his personal best in the 50m freestyle.
Although, Welson clocked decent times, the Sarawakian was disappointed as he could not break his national records in the 200m and 400 freestyle events.
"This meet has opened my eyes as I know now how my body works. Three weeks ago, I clocked season best times in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events at the National Age-Group Championships, but I felt my body was tired after that.
"I wasn't able to train well. I decided to drop my training volume and taper more for the Commonwealth Games.
"But unfortunately, my body doesn't work like that. Some sprinters can taper for one month and perform.
"And as a result, I lost speed and endurance during competition. Everyone could see I was not myself in the 400m freestyle final.
"It is a new thing that I have learnt here but still reaching the 400m final was a big achievement. I will be better prepared for the next priority meet as I know now what my body needs.
"Frankly, I was hitting my personal best in training and was mentally ready for this games but my body wasn’t ready," said Welson.
The 21-year-old will return to training and treat next month's Malaysian Open as part of his preparations for the Asian Games in August.
"We will have a training camp and some of us will compete in the Mare Nostrum. I will register for four events (100m, 200m, 400m and 1,500m) for the Asian Games.
"However, I will see how it goes on whether I should compete in all. My national records in the 200m (1:47.36) and 400m (3:49.48) are better than the 2014 Asian Games' bronze medal timings.
"However, it will not be easy as swimmers like China's Sun Yang and Japan's Kosike Hagino will also be competing in Indonesia," Welson added.