He started it on a high note, and he ended it with a bang! That’s what multi-junior-record holder Maurice Sacho Ilustre did on the last day of the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Singapore, Sunday morning.
Seeded 45th in the Men’s 200m Butterfly event, sixteen year-old Ilustre gave his all in his last event of the championship and clocked a new best time of 2:07.02 to rank 38th overall among 55 entries.
He has successfully trimmed down his 2:08.18 entry time by 1.16 seconds, and as well as his personal best time of 2:07.28 by 0.26 seconds.
This is his second best time in the championship, as he also registered his 4:09.33 best time in 400m Free on day one.
Timothy Yen finished the 200m Fly event with 02:10.67 (+4.72), placing 46th overall among 55 entries; while Kirsten Chloe Daos and Xiandi Chua finished the Women’s 200m Freestyle race in 57th and 59th place, among 74 entries, with times of 2:11.85 (+1.03) and 2:12.90 (+2.02).
Team Philippines’ quartet of Deanne Gertudes Umbay, Xiandi Chua, Kirsten Chloe Daos and Regina Maria Paz Castrillo clocked 4:39.74 in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay event to rank 18th among 20 participating nations.
Philippines’ campaign at the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championship ended with seven best times or season’s best times among 23 individual events the team participated; and five swimmers out of six delivering at least a single best time/season’s best time.
In the history of Team Philippines’ participation at the World Long Course Championship, our youth team in Singapore has produced the most number of swimmers delivering their best times in a world championship; beating the 2007 World Championship in Melbourne, Australia performance, where four of the six members of the team delivered their best times (or season’s best times).
Team Philippines at the 2009 World Championship in Rome, Italy though, also had 5 swimmers who registering their best times, but there were 8 members of the team then.
This year, Ilustre delivered two best times, as well as Yen in 50m and 100m Fly events (26.74 and 57.81); while Daos, Chua and Castrillo pitched-in one best time / season’s best time each.
Daos clocked a new best time of 1:04.73 in 100m Fly, Chua clocked a new best time of 1:02.13 in 100m Free, and Castrillo clocked a season’s best time of 29.45 in the 50m Fly.
Only Deanne Umbay failed to deliver a single best time in the championship, but was so close to beating her 50m Backstroke best times.
Of the six members of the team, Ilustre, Castrillo and Chua are still eligible to swim at the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.
Team Philippines’ historic performance at this year’s junior world championship is being mentored by coaches Luica Dacanay and Marichi Gandionco.
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