Thirteen year-old Philippine junior swim sensation stole the show on Sunday afternoon after snatching the gold medal of the Women’s 200m Butterfly event at the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championships in Victoria Park Swimming Pool.
Swimming against much older swimmers in the Open Championships, the top seeded Mojdeh showed maturity and fearlessness in the afternoon finals to reign supreme in the 200m Fly event with a gold medal time of 2:20.01
It was a neck to neck battle for the gold with fellow Filipino swimmer, Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, and Thailand’s Sounthournchoke Supasuta.
SEA Games veteran Santa Ana narrowly finished second with a silver medal time of 2:20.06, while twenty-three year-old Supasuta took the bronze with 2:20.91 clocking.
Although Mojdeh’s gold medal time is a bit slower than her 2:19.51 junior national record, clocked at the ASEAN Schools Games last month, this win will give her enough confidence heading to the 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships this month-end, the last qualifying meet for 2019 SEA Games.
Mojdeh now ranks 4th in this event, overtaking Samantha Banos who clocked 2:20.15 at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships.
Remedy Rule is currently the top swimmer in the 200m Fy event with 2:11.28, followed by Santa Ana and Georgia Peregrina with times of 2:18.48 and 2:19.32.
Rule, Santa Ana and Peregrina have confirmed participation at the National Open, thus expect all these swimmers along with Mojdeh, to fight it out for the right to represent the country at this year’s Southeast Asian Games.
Only top two swimmers will be named to the 2019 SEA Games national team.
Meanwhile, Jasmine Alkhaldi again delivered a sterling performance in Hong Kong, snaring two more silver medals on the on the last day of the championships.
She placed second in both 100m Free and 50m Fly finals with times of 56.57 and 27.62 respectively; while Camille Buico finished 5th in the 50m Fly event after clocking 28.83.
Maurice Sacho Ilustre added another medal to his collection, this time taking the bronze of the Men’s 100m Butterfly event with a time of 56.02
Amid not winning a medal in Hong Kong, Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz is perhaps the happiest swimmer in the Philippine team after clocking 33.80 in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke finals where she finished in 4th place.
Going to Hong Kong ranked 5th in the 2019 SEA Games qualifiers ranking, Dela Cruz, who clocked 33.80 in the Hong Kong Open finals, has now overtaken Miranda Renner (34.05), Joy Rodgers (34.06) and Raissa Gavino (34.77) for the second spot in the ranking.
With top ranked 50m Breast swimmer Desirae Mangaoang (33.20) skipping the National Open because she’s seeing action at the Junior Worlds in Budapest; while Renner and Gavino also skipping the National Open due to school commitments; this would leave Dela Cruz and Rodgers fighting it out for the chance to be named to the 2019 SEA Games team.
Rodgers just clocked 33.00 this weekend at the Grand Prix “SC” NCR Qualifying Leg, thus, it’s definitely going to be a neck to neck battle at the national open for the second spot.
Or who knows!
With the absence of the Top swimmer Mangaoang, both Dela Cruz and Rodgers might just push each other at the National Open, and finish Top 1 and 2 in the SEA Games qualifiers ranking.