Twenty-three year-old James Deiparine set a new Men’s 100m Breaststroke Philippine senior national swimming record at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara, California, USA last June 3, 2016.
In the morning prelims of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event, Daiparine clocked a new national record time of 1:02.08 minutes to break Josh Hall’s 1:02.23 record set at the Minnesota Grand Prix in USA last November 2011.
His first national record has also trimmed down his Olympic Selection Time (OST/B) of 1:02.34 which he clocked early this year.
Unfortunately, the Santa Clara Leg of the Arena Pro Swim Series was not an Olympic Qualifying event, thus his new best time won’t stand as his official qualifying time to the Rio Olympics.
Deiparine managed to rank 3rd in the morning preliminary to qualify to the afternoon A Finals.
Swimming in Lane 4 of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Finals A, Deiparine failed to beat his prelims time and clocked 1:02.33, enough for a 7th place finish.
Here’s the video of Deiparine swimming at the Finals :
Deiparine will have his last shot at improving his OST/B end of this month where he is seeing action at the Scottish National Open Championships in Scotland on June 30 to July 3.
His 100 breaststroke event falls on July 3, the final day to qualify for Rio Olympics.
The last Filipino swimmer who has qualified in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event at the Olympic Games was Raphael Matthew Chua at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he finished in 50th place with 1:06.37
Previous Philippine national record holders of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event were Eric Buhain with 1:04.18 at the 16th SEA Games in the Philippines in 1991, Miguel Molina with 1:03.89 at the Pan Pacific Championships in USA in 2010, and Joshua Hall with 1:02.23 clocked at the Minnesota Grand Prix in USA last November 11, 2011.