Day one of swimming at the 30th Southeast Asian Games starts tomorrow, December 4, at the NCC Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac.
PinoySwimming dot Come predicts that the Philippine Swimming team will finally end the 10-year gold medal drought at this year’s SEA Games, and will win a total of six gold medals.
Though possibility of not being able to end the drought is still there, our team composed of veterans and youth swimmers will most likely win a minimum of 2 golds and maximum of 8 to 9 gold medals.
The first three gold medals will most likely come from James Deiparine in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke event, Remedy Rule in the Women’s 200m Butterfly event, and to our quartet of Rule, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Nicole Oliva and Xiandi Chua in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay event.
Here’s the remaining possible gold medalists at this year’s SEA Games.
FIGHTING CHANCE FOR THE GOLD MEDAL :
(4) Women’s 200m Freestyle : Both our bets, Remedy Rule and Nicole Oliva, have a fighting chance for the gold medal in this event. Though Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen is still the hot favorite of this event, being the SEA Games record holder (1:59.24), Rule and Oliva are the 2nd and third seeded swimmers in this event.
Both girls have gone 2:00 high in this event, and could possibly go sub 2 minutes and give Vien a really good fight for the gold.
Not to be discounted in the medal race is Thailand’s Nathanan Junkrajang, who at age 33, is still highly capable of beating younger swimmers.
Junkrajang was the 2011 and 2013 Gold medalist of this event, and the defending silver medalist since 2015; second to Vien who has been the defending gold medalist of this event since 2015.
(5) Men’s 100m Breaststroke : Philippines’ top bet, James Deiparine, maybe seeded 5th in this event, but he is very much capable of winning the gold medal of this event. Toughest opponents in this event are defending gold medalist Nathaniel Gagarin of Indonesia who has a seed time of 1:01.76, and Singapore’s Lionel Khoo who has the seed time of 1:01.74.
Also capable of winning the gold are junior swimmers Jing Fu Ng of Malaysia and Thanh Bao Pham of Vietnam.
Ng is the top seed of this event with 1:01.34, while Pham is seeded 4th with 1:02.42
Deiparine’s best time in this event is 1:02.00 clocked in 2016.
He may have not come a bit closer to his best time lately, but he will surely break this record, and deliver a gold for the country in this event.
(6) Women’s 100m Freestyle Yeah, I know! Singapore’s Ting Wen Quah has registered 54.62 at the FINA World Cup in Japan; while our top bets Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi only hit 56 low leading to the SEA Games.
But wait, based on Jasmine’s history in SEA Games, she often has so-so times prior to SEA Games, but during SEA Games, she always come prepared and then deliver her best times.
With this year as her sixth SEA Games, not to mention swimming in front of her countrymen, there is a big possibility that Jasmine might just stage an upset win and finally win her first SEA Games gold medal, at her most favorite event, the Women’s 100m Freestyle.
Oh wait, Vietnam’s Thih Anh Vien and Thailand’s Nathanan Junkrajang are entered in the said event too.
Junkrajang was the 2011 and 2013 gold medalist. Ting Quah was the 2009, 2015 and 2017 gold medalist. Alkhaldi has been the bronze medalist since 2015.
Don’t you think it’s high time for the tide to change, and have a new gold medalist in 2019?
SEA GAMES DARK HORSES :
(7) Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team of Jasmine Alkhaldi, Remedy Rule, Nicole Oliva and Xiandi Chua. If Nicole hits 56 low, Xiandi hits 56 high, while Jasmine and Remedy go 54 high; then we might just win the gold of this event. Ambitious, but possible!
(8) Chloe Isleta could possibly snatch a gold in the 50m Back or 100m Back event. Best chance is the Women’s 50m Back event wherein of the twelve entries in this event, seven of them have gone below 30 seconds in this event. It’s definitely going to be a very close fight for the gold. If Chloe wants the gold medal more, then she gets it!
(9) Jerard Jacinto and Jayden Olson cold possibly stage an upset win and snatch a gold in either 50m or 100m Back events. Yes I know! Alam ko! Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah and Indonesia’s I Gede Siman Sudartawa are just difficult to beat in both events; but then again, we cannot discount the “heart” and the “will to win” of these two young Pinoy swimmers.
OTHER POTENTIAL MEDALISTS (SILVER OR BRONZE) :
– Luke Gebbie in 50m and 100m Free
– Jasmine in 50m Free, 50m Fly and 100m Fly
– Remedy in 100m Free and Fly
– Nicole Oliva in 400m Free
– Desirae Mangaoang in 200m Breast
– Jean-Pierre Khouzam in 200m Fly
– Roxanne Ashley Yu in 200m Back
– Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay (Jacinto, Hatch, Deiparine & Gebbie)
– Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (Isleta, Rule, Mangaoang & Alkhaldi)
The rest of the team members are highly capable of making a finals appearance in their respective events. Pero ika nga, the ball is round (bilog ang bola), so they too definitely could deliver podium finishes for our country.
CLICK HERE for the Part 1 of this Medal Prediction Series.