The Philippine Swimming Team ended their 29th Southeast Asian Games campaign last night with silver and bronze medals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday night.
SEA Games debutante James Christian Deiparine added another silver medal in his collection, finishing second in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke finals with a time of 28.60
This is Deiparine’s second silver medal in the biennial games after winning the silver of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event Friday night.
Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi delivered another bronze medal finish in the Women’s 200m Freestyle event, finishing with 2.02.02 time.
Upcoming swim superstar Nicole Justine Marie Oliva also figured in the tough Women’s 200m Freestyle finals where she finished fourth, just behind Alkaldi with 2:02.62 clocking.
The 200m Free event was Alkhaldi’s third bronze medal at this year’s SEA Games, previously winning the bronze of 100m Free and 50m Fly events.
She skipped the 100m Butterfly finals earlier last night to focus on the 200m Free and 50m Free events where she also qualified in the finals.
Alkhaldi clocked a new Philippine national record of 25.67 in the 50m Freestyle finals, but was only enough for a fourth place finish.
Singapore’s Amanda Lim took the gold with a new SEA Games record time of 25.41, followed by another Singaporean, Ting Wen Quah with a silver medal time of 25.46, and Jenjira Srisa-ard in third place with 25.63
At the end of the six-day SEA Games swim competition, Team Philippines managed to win two silvers and five bronze medals; six bronze medal off from their medal haul in 2015 SEA Games.
The Team still failed to deliver a SEA Games gold medal this year. The last time we won a SEA Games gold was in 2011 SEA Games in 2009 SEA Games in Vientaine, Laos.
The quest for that elusive gold continues in our home turf two years from now.