While KL-ites were taking part in the Standard Chartered marathon over the weekend, Heidi Gan bagged a gold at the Asian Open Water meet.
Based in Perth, 28-year-old Heidi splashed to victory in 2 hours 17 minutes at Putrajaya Lake in the women’s 10km event on Sunday.
Asian 10km Open Water Champion!! ??? Stoked to come away with a gold in the 10km event today! It was very tough conditions with starting water temp of 31°C ??☉. Congratulations to everyone who competed and to my teammate @kevin_yeap for taking bronze in the men’s 10km! Thanks to ASUM and AASF for putting on a great event and to all my sponsors and supporters who came to cheer me on! Can’t wait for SEA Games on the same course in 3 months time! ??? #malaysiaboleh #goteammalaysia #openwater #asianchampion #TigerGan ?
The two-time Olympian also won a bronze medal in the championships’ 5km event, saying how it was “nice to race on home turf” although water conditions were tough at 30°C.
“It was tough going but good for me in the end. My coach (Matt Magee) developed a strategy to keep pace with the Japanese.” Heidi told The Star. “They were the favourites but the weather got to them. I also had to change my tactics a bit to win the gold.”
BRONZE today in the 5km at the Asian Open Water Championships!! Tough conditions with the water over 30°C ??? But so nice to race on home turf & glad to have a solid hit out before the 10km on Sunday! Also great to have some teammates from Malaysia in the competition too! ???? #goteammalaysia #malaysiaboleh #TigerGan #teamasia
Congratulations Heidi – and we wish you the best of luck at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games this coming August!