Taguinod breaks 16-year-old junior record; bags Asian Age Group silver medal


Country’s fast rising junior Breaststroker, Jalil Sephraim Taguinod, delivered another sterling performance on day two of the 10th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships as he broke the 16-year-old 14-15 Boys 50m Breaststroke Philippine junior national record en route to a silver medal finish in India Wednesday evening.

Seeded fourth going to the evening finals with a prelims time of 31.98, 14-year-old Taguinod propelled his way to finish second in the 50m Breast finals with a new junior national record time of 31.10 seconds.

He has erased the 31.27 Boys 14-15 junior national record held by Gerard Bordado since 2003, set at the 27th Southeast Asia Age Group Swimming Championships in Philippines.

Japan’s Yamato Okadome took the 50m Breast gold with 30.26 clocking; while Kozhakhmetov Arsen of Kazakhstan timed 31.49 to clinch the bronze.

This is Taguinod’s second medal of the games; winning a bronze on day one of the championships in 100m Breast event.

He will be sitting in the sidelines today, and will be back in action on the last day of the championships on Friday in the 14 & Under 200m Breaststroke event.

Meanwhile, junior swim superstar Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh finished 5th in her pet event, 200m Butterfly, with a time of 2:21.77.

Anticipated to podium in the said event, swimming side by side eventual gold medalist, Audrey Lau Ping Yi of Hong Kong, has affected Mojdeh’s pacing, as Lau Ping Yi propelled her way to a 2:16.18 golden finish.

Thailand’s Jinjutha Pholjamjumrus took the silver with 2:19.52; while Saaya Ota of Japan finished third with bronze medal time of 2:20.52

Mojdeh also qualified in the 50m Breaststroke evening finals where she finished 8th with a time of 36.30

Marcus Johannes De Kam on the other hand placed 4th in the Boys 50m Freestyle finals with 25.23 clocking.

After day two of action, Team Philippines has so far won a silver and a bronze.

Today’s day three action features Mojdeh in the 100m Fly and 200m Free events; as well as De Kam in 100m Free event and Mishka Sy in the 200m Back event.

Here are the remaining events on the last day of the championships on Friday :

Day 4 : September 27, 2019
– Girls 100m Back : Mishka Sy
– Girls 50m Fly : Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh
– Boys 200m Breast : Jalil Sephraim Taguinod

The Philippine Swimming team in India is being mentored by coaches Miguel Ibazeta and Erica Kristy Lucang.

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