Alkhaldi and Gebbie erase PH national records; advance to SEA Games finals tonight

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Tokyo Olympic Games “QTB” swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Luke Gebbie erased the Philippine national records this morning at the preliminary heats of day two of action at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Tarlac City, Philippines.

Swimming in the Women’s 50m Backstroke in SEA Games for the first time, last night’s 100m Free bronze medalist Alkhaldi finished second in the morning prelims with a new Philippine national record time of 29.53.

The two-time Olympian has successfully reset the 29.79 national record of Chloe Isleta, who also qualified in tonight’s finals with a time of 30.24 for sixth place.

In a star-studded pool of swimmers, Gebbie made his way to tonight’s finals in the Men’s 50m Butterfly event clocking a new Philippine national record time of 24.59

He has successfully reset the 24.71 record of Daniel Coakley which stood for ten years; clocked at the FINA World Championships in Rome last 2009.

Gebbie finished 5th in the prelims which was dominated by Singapore’s Tzen Wei Teong (23.92) and Joseph Isaac Schooling (24.28).

Compatriot Rafael Barreto failed to made it to the finals after clocking 25.27 which was enough for 10th place.

SEA Age-Group Champs’ gold medalist, Desirae Mangaoang gets the chance to go after a podium finish tonight in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke finals where she qualified in fourth place with a time of 2:36.88.

Another junior swimmer, Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz got disqualified after stopping in the last few meters of the 200m Breast race due to cramps(?). She bravely managed to finish the race though, but has to be taken cared by the medics after her race.

In the Men’s 200m Individual Medley, Thomas Justin Peregrina delivered a well strategized prelims swim to finish third with a time of 2:06.52.

Jarod Jason Hatch narrowly missed the 200m IM finals after fading in the last 50 meter of the race. He clocked 2:09.00, just enough for 9th place.

Sixteen year-old Miguel Barreto finished third in the timed finals heat 2 of the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, with a time of 16:20.00

Joining our qualifiers in tonight’s finals is our Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team of Xiandi Chua, Nicole Oliva, Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi.

This is the race to watch tonight, as well as Alakdi’s 50m Back and Gebbie’s 50m Fly races.

Finals start at 6:00pm.


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