Two time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi raked in three more bronze medals, all in a national record breaking fashion, at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday evening.
Twenty four year-old Alkhaldi opened her individual swim campaign yesterday in the hotly contested Women’s 100m Freestyle event, where she figured in a very close fight for the gold among the best Southeast Asian swimmers in the region.
Singapore’s Ting Wen Quah snatched the gold with her new SEA Games record time of 55.74 seconds, 0.02 seconds faster than Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Vietnam who clocked 55.76 to take the silver. Alkhaldi brought home the bronze with her new Philippine national record time of 55.90 seconds.
Alkaldi again take the plunge in the Women’s 50m Butterfly event where placed third with a bronze medal time of 27.27 seconds, erasing her previous national record of 27.47
She then anchored the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team to a bronze medal finish, along with Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, Rosalee Mira Santa Ana and Nicole Meah Pamintuan.
The quartet butchered the 8-year-old national record of 8:33.30 held by Erica Totten, Marichi Gandionco, Jasmine Ong and Jasmine Alkhaldi, with their new national record time of 8:18.58
Oliva, who also qualified in the Women’s 100m Freestyle finals, finished 7th with her 57.78 clocking.
Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna finished 5th in the Men’s 200m Freestyle event (1:51.33), while Maria Aresa Lipat narrowly missed the 50m Fly finals, and finished 9th in the prelims with 29.14
Going to the day four of swim action, the Philippine team has so far won four bronze medals, with the first bronze courtesy of Roxanne Ashley Yun.