Homegrown talent Jerard Dominic Jacinto erased legendary Ryan Papa’s 22-year-old Philippine national record in the Men’s 100m Backstroke event at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday afternoon.
Seeing action in the final heat of the 100m Back prelims, Jacinto confidently took his ground against top junior swimmers around the world to clock a new national record time of 56.27, breaking Papa’s 56.48 national record which was set at the 19th SEA Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1997.
“It feels amazing to break legendary Ryan Papa’s record. People think that no one can break my idol’s record; and I just did,” exclaimed Jacinto who was obviously floating on air with joy.
“I am really thankful to coach Jenny Guerrero who has helped me realize this dream, so as coaches Sherwin Santiago, Garry Domingo and Bong Ilustre. Deep gratitude to may parents who have never stopped supporting and believing in me, and to Tita Lani Velasco for the unending support,” added 18-year-old Jacinto who finished in 22nd place among 87 swimmers in the 100m Back event.
Velasco, Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) President, was ecstatic with Jacinto’s achievement and seems to have foreseen this happen.
“I have never doubted the talent of this kid. Seeing him so happy and confident with his preparations coming here in Budapest, I knew he will break Ryan Papa’s record,” said Velasco.
“More than Nico’s (Jacinto’s nick-name) exemplary record breaking performance, what’s so significant of his achievement is the fact that Nico is a homegrown talent, a testament that our local coaches are also highly capable of producing top-notch swimmers who are as good as our neighboring countries’ swimmers, or even better,” Velasco proudly stressed.
Velasco bared the news that Jacinto is flying to US, after the Philippine National Open, to continue his preparations for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games that we are hosting in December.
Although he has been training well locally, a training in US will surely help him realize his next targets – to win a medal for the country at this year’s SEA Games, and to be be the first Filipino swimmer to go under 56 seconds in the 100m Back event.
Meanwhile, Jaden Olson, who equaled Ryan Papa’s 100m Back record two weeks ago, clocked 56.95 and finished in 30th place.
His time, along with Jacinto’s new record, are the times to beat for a SEA Games national team slot heading to the National Open next week.
Desirae Mangaoang finished 30th among 61 swimmers in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke prelims with a time of 33.37; while Miguel Barreto and Adrian Phillip Eichler finished 47th and 51st among 72 swimmers in the Men’s 400m Freestyle preliminary after clocking 4:06.90 and 4:11.45 respectively.
The quartet of Jean-Pierre Khouzam, Jacinto, Eichler and Barreto timed 3:31.55 in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay prelims, enough for a 14th place finish among 24 participating countries.
Lead-off swimmer, Khouzam, clocked 51.66 in yesterday’s relay, the second fastest 100m Free time this season.
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Today’s action features Jeremiah Tandingan swimming in the 100m Free event, Khouzam in 100m Fly, Barreto and Eichler in 200m Free, and the Mixed 4x100m Medley relay team.
August 21, 2019 | Wednesday
Girls 100m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 8 : Jeremiah Tandingan
Boys 100m Butterfly Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 9 : Jean Pierre Khouzam
Men’s 200m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 6 Lane 7 : Miguel Barreto
– Heat 7 Lane 9 : Adrian Eichler
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Prelims
– Heat 2 Lane 3 : Philippine Team
August 22, 2019 | Thursday
Boys 50m Backstroke Prelims
– Heat 6 Lane 3 : Jaden Olson
– Heat 7 Lane 8 : Jerard Jacinto
Girls 100m Breaststroke Prelims
– Heat 4 Lane 0 : Desirae Mangaoang
Boys 800m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 2 Lane 2 : Miguel Barreto
August 23, 2019 | Friday
Boys 50m Butterfly Prelims
– Heat 6 Lane 2 : Jean-Pierre Khouzam
August 24, 2019 | Saturday
Boys 100m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 7 : Miguel Barreto
– Heat 9 Lane 8 : Adrian Eichler
Girls 50m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 7 : Jeremiah Tandingan
August 25, 2019 | Sunday
Boys 200m Backstroke Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 1 : Jaden Olson
– Heat 4 Lane 0 : Jerard Jacinto
Girls 200m Breaststroke Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 3 : Desirae Mangaoang
Boys 200m Butterfly Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 2 : Adrian Eichler
– Heat 6 Lane 8 : Jean-Pierre Khouzam
Girls 200m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 5 Lane 9 : Jeremiah Tandingan
Philippines’ junior team this year in Budapest is being mentored by coaches Sherwin John Santiago and Ma. Cristina Elena De Guzman; managed by PSI President herself Lani Velasco; and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Swimming Incorporated.