Philippines’ backstroke king Jerard Dominin Jacinto wins another gold medal at the Liberty Insurance 50th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships at the OCBC Aquatic Center in Singapore, Friday night.
He dominated the Men’s 50m Backstroke superfinals, clinching the Men’s 18 & Over gold medal with a time of 26.43, the fastest time in the evening finals.
Indonesia’s Anugrah Dwiki took the silver with 27.36, while Bangkok Elite Swim Team’s Tar Thongchumsin taking the bronze (27.59).
This was Jacinto’s second gold medal in the championships, after winning the gold of the Men’s 100m Backstroke 18 & Over Division yesterday.
In the morning prelims, he broke the 26.57 Men’s 50m Backstroke Senior Philippine Swimming National Record of Axel Toni Steven Ngui with his new record time of 26.32. Unfortunately, he failed to trim down his record in the evening finals.
His 50m Backstroke time has breached the QTA of the 2019 SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, but he fell short of hitting the 26.05 QTB of this year’s 18th FINA World Swimming Championships, and the 25.82 QTA of the 2019 SEA Games.
Still, his times in both the 50m and 100m Back are the fastest times int both events, with barely five months to go before the final selection of national team for this year’s SEA Games.
Amid not winning a medal, 18-year-old Rian Marco Tirol has displayed a great performance in the A Finals of the 50m Breast event, where he broke the 29.57 Philippine junior national record of Jexter Janzen Chua in the 16-18 Age Group with his new record time of 29.54.
Placing 6th in the 18 & Above Division of the championships, Tirol’s new record has also breached the 29.72 QTA of the 2019 SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, making him the second male QTA swimmer of this year’s SEA Age Group Champs in Cambodia, joining Jerard Jacinto who has registered QTAs in 50m and 100m Back.
Tirol’s new record of 29.54 is also equivalent to 677 FINA Points, which could possibly clinch him a slot at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary this August.
Marco Daos meanwhile clinched a silver for Team Philippines after finishing second the Men’s 100m Butterfly (13-14 Division) with a time of 1:01.10.
Jasmine Alkhaldi snatched her third bronze medal in the championship, this time in the Women’s 100m Butterfly event, 18 & Over Division, with a bronze medal time of 1:01.82. She also placed 6th in the 50m Back 18 & Over Division with her time of 30.49
Filipino swimmers who finished among the Top 10 of their respective Age-Group after the evening finals were 13-year-old Ivo Nikolai Enot (4th place in 50m Back / 29.93), 23-year-old Joy Rodgers (5th in 50m Breast / 34.06), 18-year-old Rian Marco Tirol (6th place in 50m Breast / 29.54), 20 year old Kirsten Chloe Daos (6th place in 100m Fly / 1:05.55), 13-year-old Monique Ramans-Uypitching (7th place in 50m Breast / 36.39), 16-year-old Thanya Dela Cruz (7th place in 50m Breast / 34.88), 18-year-old Franco Dela Rosa (7th place in 50m Back / 28.08), 26-year-old Jessie Lacuna (7th place in 100m Fly / 56.04), 14-year-old Jalil Sephraim Taguinod (8th place in 50m Breast (32.82) and 20-year-old Perry Chua (8th place in 50m Breast / 30.07).
Other Filipino swimmers who have qualified in the evening finals on day two of the championships were Angela Claire Torrico (50m Breast / 37.79 & 50m Back / 33.94), Anya Austriaco (100m Fly / 1:11.18), Kirsten Tan (50m Back /33.66), Bhay Newberry (50m Back / 31.16), Lance Rafael Cruz (50m Back / 31.28), and Marc Lester De Guzman (50m Back / 31.53).
After day four of the Singapore Age Group Nationals, Team Philippines has so far won 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals; plus one senior Philippine National record and five Junior National records.
Jacinto is the lone gold medalist, topping the 18 & Over of both 50m and 100m Back events.
Marco Daos and Athena Chang took home the 13-14 Division silver medals of the 100m Fly and 800m Free events respectively, Chloe Daos won the 18 & Over Division bronze medal of the 800m Free, and Jasmine Alkhaldi winning the 18 & Over Division bronze medals of the 100m Free, 100m Back and 100m Fly events.
Jacinto is the lone swimmer who has erased a senior national record (50m Back).
Jacinto and Chang both clocked two junior national records (Jacinto in 50m and 100m Back 16-18 Age Group, and Chang in 400m and 800m Free 13 & Under Age Group, and one junior national record for Tirol (50m Breast 16-18 Age Group).