Filipino divers Francisco Deorelar and Monique Ann Demaisip swept all the gold medals of the 3m Springboard diving open events at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships in India last Monday.
Deorelar reigned supreme in the Boys Group A (18 & Above) Open division of the 3m Springboard diving event, besting all 9 divers from Asia with a gold medal points of 295.70
India’s Sharma Ramananda and Pradeshi Siddharth took the silver and bronze medals with 287.75 and 2:82.15 points respectively.
Twenty five year-old Deorelar will be Philippines’ entry at this year’s SEA Games at this event, but still has to train even harder to podium comes December.
At the 2017 SEA Games, Malaysia’s Tze Liang Ooi and Amsyar Azman Ahmad took the gold and silver medals with 458 and 432.25 points respective. Timothy Lee Han Kuan of Singapore bagged the bronze with 386.35 points.
Six divers were entered in the said event in Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, with the Indonesia’s Aldinsyah Putra Rafi placing last (6th place) with 314.55 points.
Meanwhile, Demaisip clinched her second gold medal at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships after topping the Girls Group C (18 & Above) Open Division of the 3m Springboard event with 214.40 points.
Kazakhstan’s Zhijravleva Juliya and Borova Yelizaveta took the silver and bronze with 207.25 and 156.15 points respectively.
Demaisip will also be Philippines’ representative in this event at the upcoming SEA Games.
At the 2017 SEA Games, Malaysia’s Yan Yee Ng took the Women’s 3m Springboard gold with 342.90 points, followed by Dhabitah Sabri, also from Malaysia, with silver medal points of 311.25.
Singapore’s Ashlee Tan Yi Xuan tallied 233.60 to take the bronze.
Six divers were entered in the women’s division in 2017 SEA Games with Maria Natalie Dinda Anasti of Indonesia placing last after garnering 161.10 points.
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.