In the end, 44 male and female swimmers finished the 6km swim (2 DNF), 7 male and female swimmers finished the 4km swim (1 DNF) and 20 finished the 2km (3 DNF).
i.e. only 77 swimmers started in total. Pattaya a week earlier had 180 swimmers and there was no prize money.
- Serge Dominichi (our good friend from France living in KL, who only found out about this event the previous day. 1 hour 58 min, a good time).
- Amir from Singapore. 3 hours 23 min
- Mohamad from Spore. 3 hours 38 min
- Mohd from Spore . 3 hours 40 min
- Azmil from Spore. 3 hours 54 min.
The Organiser (Iskandar Sharil) is a Singaporean Malay. All the International participants apart from the winner are Singaporean Malays. One of them is a Facebook friend of the Singaporean Organiser (Iskandar Shahril) and thanked him profusely in a Facebook post that he could win a prize.
Singapore is the best swimming nation in Asean. One of them actually beat Michael Phelps at the recent Rio Olympics. Why only four very slow swimmers who seemed to know the Organiser came?
- Winners were given wrong trophies and placards to hold during prize giving on stage. This is so annoying when we have to hold the wrong prizes on stage.
- I still have not received my trophy more than a month after the event, even though Iskandar told me he would sort it out.
6km swimmers had to do a complete circle of the island twice. The waves behind the island were the biggest I have seen. Its not for beginners. Lifeboats courtesy of the Navy were available but only at the main marker buoys. Special pontoons with drinks were also available. Friends told me that the strong currents have taken a few lives around Tanjung Rhu. Luckily no untoward incident happened. Some participants were just "beginners" but they managed to finish and collapsed in a heap almost 4.5 hours after the start.
The trick to counter jelly fish is to cover your body with lycra completely. So I wore the Skins Long Sleeve Compression for my top. This type of clothing is not allowed for FINA sanctioned races and serious open water swims like the English Channel, Rottnest Channel etc. The idea being swim wear has to be simple as in the old days. Unfortunately I only had tri shorts for my bottom. My calves and ankles were completely exposed and I got stung.
The Sunscreen that claims to offer protection from jelly fish also didn't help.
All the male International participants received prize money. There were no female international participants.
Only two females finished the 6km and 4km swims even though prize money went five deep.
Nice glass plaques were given to the top five finishers for each category. But I still have not got my trophy more than one month after the event. Where is it Iskandar Shahril?
Full results here.
SEA Games Gold Medalist and almost a Rio participant, Kevin Yeap finished 1st Overall in 1 hour 21 min.
I only finished in 2 hours 11 Mins (2nd Male Veteran, RM 800).
Its possible to get to Langkawi from KLIA, KLIA2 and even Subang Airport. Many options.
- Beautiful location. The best scenery.
- Perfectly straight course markers.
- High waves for serious ocean swimmers.
- Prize Money.
- Many categories and distances.
- Nice T shirt and Medal
- Grand prize giving ceremony.
- Organiser not generating interest before the event and responding late or not at all to some of my queries.
- Only five international participants and four of them seems to be friends of the Organiser. Come on Iskandar, what happened to other participants from Singapore?
- I still have not got my second place trophy more than a month after the event.
- Poor quality swim cap. I threw mine away.
- Very high waves around the island. Not recommended for even average swimmers. People have died here, I am told.
- Jelly fish. Langkawi has the Box jelly fish which is fatal (eg. at Pantai Cenang).
- Wrong trophies and mock cheques during prize giving.
- Only RM50 prize money for fourth and fifth placings (the entry fee was RM 100).