Alkhaldi bags silver; resets 50m Free national record in Hong Kong Open


Two time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi bagged the silver medal of the Women’s 50m Freestyle event and reset her national record at the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championships 2019, yesterday afternoon.

Seeded second going to the 50m Free afternoon finals with a prelims time of 25.86, the Queen of Philippine swimming lived-up to her seeding and propelled her way to a new Philippine national record time of 25.66 to take the silver.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey won the gold with a time of 25.08, and Camille Cheng, also from Hong Kong, took the bronze with 25.94

Alkhaldi reset her 25.67 national record which she clocked two years ago at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

Set to the lead Philippine Swimming’s SEA Games’ campaign at home soil, this new national record is an added advantage for the veteran SEA Gamer, as she faces the Best of the Best swimmers this month-end at the 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships in New Clark City Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac, the final qualifying meet of this year’s SEA Games.

Apart from her silver medal finish, she also narrowly missed another podium finish in the Women’s 100m Butterfly finals, where she clocked 1:02.12 to finish in 4th place.

Back and kicking (hard), Junior World Championships veteran Maurice Sacho Ilustre made waves in his first international swim since Junior Worlds in 2017.

Ilustre took the bronze of the Men’s 200m Butterfly event in Hong Kong, with a time of 2:06.51; while at the same time finished 5th in the Men’s 100m Freestyle finals with a new best time of 52.16

His new 100m Free best time now ranks him second to national record holder Luke Gebbie, inching closer to a SEA Games debut with three more qualifying meets to go.

Sacho’s time is the 5th fastest SEA Games QT in this event heading to the final stretch of the qualifying period.

SEA Games veteran, Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, placed 4th in the Women’s 800m Freestyle with a time of 9:13.44, and then finished 5th in the Women’s 200m Free finals with 2:06.87.

Jordan Ken lobos, one of the four swimmers who have advanced to the finals on day two of the championships, finished 8th in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke with 2:25.88

The 2019 edition of the Hong Open Swimming Championships is both a SEA Games and Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying meet.

#NOTE : Early this year, it was reported that Alkhaldi has broken her 50m Free record at a meet in Germany where she clocked 25.51. After some research today, it was found out that the said meet was a Short Course meet, thus Alkhaldi’s time yesterday in Hong Kong is the new and official Women’s 50m Free Philippine National record.

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