Two time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi reset her Women’s 50m Freestyle Philippine national record anew at the evening finals of the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup in Singapore, Thursday evening.
Fresh from resetting the said record to 25.66 at the Hong Kong Open last week, the Queen of Philippine Swimming clocked a new record time of 25.64 and placed 7th overall among 60 swimmers from all over the world.
Alkhaldi is inching closer to the 25.51 Tokyo Olympics B Cut.
This is the seventh time that Alkhaldi has reset this record.
She was twenty-years old when she first broke this record at the Speedo Western Sectionals in USA in 2013, then reset it at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 SEA Games.
Akiko Thomson and Christel Simms used to hold this record.
Meanwhile, Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, one of the candidates to the 2019 SEA Games national team this year, has also qualified to the evening finals of the Women’s 200m Butterfly event.
She placed 6th in the finals and clocked 2:17.70, an improvement of her 2:18.48 SEA Games qualifying times prior to this meet.
With National record holder Remedy Rule as the top candidate for the SEA Games 200m Fly event, Santa Ana has solidified her second position after clocking her 2:17.70.
One SEA Games qualifying meet to go, and she will have to defend her slot at the 1st Philippine National Open where she will be challenged by Georgia Peregrina, Kirsten Chloe Daos and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh for the second spot.
Junior SEA Age Group veteran, Perry Chua, finished 13th in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event with 1:07.16, and failed to advance to the finals.
Day two of action at the FINA Swimming World Cup features Alkhaldi, Santa Ana, Perry and Chloe Kennedy Isleta.
Alkhaldi will be swimming the 200m Free and 50m Fly event, Santa Ana in the 200m Free event, Chua in the 50m Breast event, and Isleta in the 400m IM and 100m Back events.
The Philippine Team seeing action in Singapore is being mentored by Coach Jericho Escobar.