Philippine diver, Monique Ann Demaisip, bagged our country’s first gold medal at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships in India Sunday afternoon.
Twenty three year-old Demaisip bested four other divers in Asia to top the Women’s 1-meter Springboard Individual Open event with a total score of 185.55 points.
Borova Yelizaveta of Kazhakhstan took the silver after garnering 180.30 points, while Lai Yu Yen of Chinese Taipe tallied 167.40 for the bronze.
Demaisip will be representing our country at this year’s Southeast Asian Games in December, but won’t be seeing action in this event since the Philippine SEA Games task force has only approved four events at this year’s biennial game which are all 3m Springboard events, both individual and synchronize events for both genders).
At 2017 SEA Games, Malaysia’s Jun Hoong Cheong took the gold in the Women’s 1m Springboard event with 268.55 points, followed by Jasmine Lai Pui Yee, also from Malaysia, with a silver medal points of 233.
Vietnam’s Ngo Phuong Mai brought home the bronze with 207 points.
There were six entries in this event at the 2017 SEA Games, with Indonesia’s Eka Purnama Indah placing 6th after garnering 188.85 points.
Meanwhile, in the Men’s open division of the 1m Springboard event, 25-year-old Francisco Deorelar finished 5th with 246.85 points.
India’s Sharma Ramananda took the gold with 300.80 points, followed by Iran’s Mojtaba Valipour with 283.05 points for the silver, and Pradeshi Siddarth, also from India bagged the bronze with 272.25 points.
In 2017 SEA Games, Malaysia’s Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Ooi Tze Liang won the gold and silver with 384.00 and 268.60 points respectively, while Mark Lee Han Ming of Singapore tallied 350.55 for the bronze.
After our divers stint at the Asian Age Group Championships which will end on Wednesday, they are scheduled to go back to China to continue their training on the 5th of October.
Philippine Swimming Incorporated President Lailani Velasco bared that they are currently eyeing two more major international meets for the Philippine Diving team prior to their SEA Games stint.
The Australian leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix this November 8-10 as their next possible stop, then the Malaysia leg in November 15-17 to test their mettles against the top divers in Southeast Asia.
The Philippine Diving Team is being mentored by head coach Xiaofeing Cui and coach Nino Beduya Carog, under the team management of Marie Dimanche.