SEA Games medalist and national record holder James Christian Deiparine went sub 28 in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, and reset his own national record at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday morning.
Going to this year’s World Championships amid not hitting the World’s qualifying “B” time, Deiparine proved that he is worthy of his slot by delivering a jaw-dropping 27.91 time in the morning preliminary of the Men’s 50m Breaststroke event, placing 33rd among 79 elite swimmers around the world.
He has reset his own Philippine national record of 28.13, clocked two years ago at the 2017 World Championships in Hungary.
Deiparine, a silver medalist in this event in 2017 SEA Games, was the 9th fastest swimmer among all Asian swimmers at this year’s World Championships, and is the first ranked Southeast Asian swimmer in the said event.
He is the second Southeast Asian swimmer to have gone sub 28 in the 50m Breaststroke event; but is the only SEA swimmer so far who has gone sub 28 this year, making him the early favorite to win the gold at this year’s SEA Games.
Defending SEA Games gold medalist, Indra Gunawan of Indonesia, timed 27.82 at the 2009 World Championships in Italy; and clocked 28.07 to take the 2017 SEA Games gold.
Singapore’s Lionel Khoo, the 2017 SEA Games bronze medalist, clocked 28.08 at this year’s Singapore Nationals last month.
Meanwhile, Nicole Oliva clocked 2:04.26 at the Women’s 200m Freestyle prelinary, and finished 34th among 51 elite swimmers around the world.
She was the 9th fastest Asian swimmer in the said event, and 3rd among all Southeast Asian swimmers.
Tomorrow’s action in Gwangju features Luke Gebbie’s very first swim for Team Philippines, seeing action in the Men’s 100m Freestyle prelims; and Remedy Rule gunning for a semifinals appearance in the Women’s 200m Fly event.
All four members of the PH Team will then join forces in the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay.
After day three of action in Gwangju, two Philippine national records have been broken so far; Deiparine’s new 50m Breast record and Remedy Rule’s 1:00.42 new Women’s 100m Fly record, clocked at the opening day of the championships.
This year’s World Championship team is being mentored by coach Sherwin Santiago, while PSI President, Lailani Velasco is their in Gwanju to attend the FINA Congress, and most importantly support the team.