The road to her third Olympic Games is definitely bright as Jasmine Alkhaldi clocked a Tokyo Olympic Selection Time (OST/QTB) in the 50m Freestyle event at the Deutscher Mannschaftswettbewerb Schwimmen (DMS) 2019 meet in Essen, Germany early this month.
Twenty five year-old Alkhaldi finished the 50m Freestyle event with 25.51 clocking, just enough to equal the Tokyo Olympic Games OST. (Olympic Qualifying Time – OQT/QTA – is 24.77, wile OST/QTB is 25.51)
Although the DMS 2019 meet was not an Olympic Qualifying event, hitting the Olympic OST at this early stage is a clear sign that the two-time Olympian is focused on making another Olympic Games appearance next year.
At age of 20, she had her first Olympic appearance in London in 2012, and then in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where she clocked OST/QTBs in five events en route to her second Olympic appearance.
FINA is set to publish the Tokyo Olympic Games Qualifying meets today, wherein one of the qualifying meets is the 30th Southeast Asian Games which we will be hosting later this year.
At the DMS 2019 meet, she also timed 56.16 in the 100m Free, 2:02.30 in 200m Free, 4:18.10 in 400m Free and 1:01.82 in the 100m Fly events.
Meanwhile, Alkhaldi’s 25.51 clocking in the 50m Freestyle event is also a new Philippine National Record; resetting her old record of 25.67 which she set at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia last August 2017.
She has been holding this record for six years now, after breaking Christel Simms’ 26.31 in 2013; and has reset this 50m Freestyle national record five times already.
She also currently holds the Philippine National records of the 100m Free, 200m Free, 50m Fly and 100m Fly.
Alkhaldi is currently training in Europe with the support of the Philippine Sports Commission.