Toddler swims her way into record books by ADIB RAWI YAHYA.

A 23-month old toddler smashed a swimming record for babies in The Malaysia Book of Records nearly four times over in Mont Kiara yesterday. The toddler, Kiara Belle Kit, managed to swim 199.35m in 25 minutes and 38 seconds far surpassing the previous record of 50m set by a 2 and a half-year old girl in 2003. However, it was no walk in the park for Kiara as a lacklustre start nearly devolved into a botched attempt and her parents, Cindy Ong and Tang Kit, had to bring in Toby the rabbit as a backup plan. Cindy said her daughter was slowing down by the 100m mark but the sight of Toby, a family friend's pet and her favourite rabbit, reinvigorated the child. Amusingly, two passers-by with their poodle dogs also stopped to cheer for Kiara, an act by strangers that no doubt gave Kiara a further boost due to her love of animals. Pix by ADIB RAWI YAHYA.

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