The Women’s quartet of Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua and Remedy Rule saved Philippines’ day two campaign as they delivered the lone medal today at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Tarlac City, Philippines Thursday evening.
Expected to podium in this event, the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team settled for third place with a new Philippine national record time of 8:15.48, erasing the 8:18.58 previous mark clocked at the 2017 SEA Games by Alkhaldi, Oliva, Rosalee Santa and Nicole Pamintuan.
Though they grabbed the bronze, the swimmers were actually nowhere near their 200m Free best times during the race, except for Chua who managed to clock a split time of 2:04.74.
Oliva clocked 2:03.44 as the lead swimmer, followed by Alkhaldi with 2:04.28, Chua with 2:04.74 and then Rule with 2:03.00 to finish the race.
Rule was actually ahead of Thailand’s Nathanan Junkrajang in the last 100 meters of the race. But SEA Games veteran Junkrajang, who is known to be a very strong finisher, has overtaken Rule in the latter part of the race, clocking an eye-popping 1:59.50 split time to win the silver for Thailand (8:11.88).
Singapore Ching Hwee Gan, Ting Wen Quah, Jing Wen Quah and Christie May Chue took the gold via a new SEA Games record time of 8:07.00
Earlier in the evening, Alkhaldi heartbreakingly missed to duplicate her 50m Back sterling performance in the morning prelims, which cost her a medal in the finals.
From a new PH national record of 29.53, she clocked 29.79 in the Women’s 50m Backstroke finals, just enough for a fourth place finish.
Singapore’s Elena Pederson took the gold with her 29.40 clocking, while Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen and Indonesia’s Anaka Agung Istri Raith timed 29.64 and 29.77 for silver and bronze.
Philippines’ Chloe Kennedy Isleta finished 7th with 30.22
Another heartbreaking loss was in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke finals where Desirae Aubrey Mangaoang looked poised to bring home the bronze, but eventually finished fourth with a time of 2:34.34.
Tailing Mangaoang during the race, Malaysia’s Olympic swimmer, Jing En Phee, pushed on her medal winning button and overtake Mangaoang in the last 50 meters of the race to clock a bronze medal time of 2:32.28
Christie May Mun EE Chue clinched the gold with her time of 2:28.71, while defending gold medalist, Phiangkhawan Pawapotako of Thailand, settled for silver with a time of 2:31.47
Defending silver medalist, Thi Anh Vien Nguyen finished last with 2:39.23
Luke Michael Gebbie again reset the Men’s 50m Butterfly Philippine national record in the evening finals to 24.34, but just enough for a 5th place finish. (Whew! nag PH record ka na, pero hindi parin nag medal! lolz lakas ng kalaban!)
Thomas Justin Peregrina placed 6th in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley finals with his time of 2:05.36; while Miguel Barreto and Alberto Batungbacal placed 8th and 9th in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle finals after clocking 16:20.00 and 16:39.73 respectively.
Vietnam’s Huy Hoang Nguyen blew off the NCC Aquatic Center roof with his 14:58.14 gold medal time in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle event.
Team Singapore took four of the six gold medals at stake on day two of SEA Games, while Vietnam bagged the other two gold medals.
Singapore continues to top the SEA Games swimming medal tally with 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze; followed by Vietnam with 4-4-2, Philippines with 1-1-2, then Indonesia with 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.
Thailand ranks fifth with 2 silvers and 1 bronze, and then Malaysia with a silver and two bronze medals.
Day three of SEA Games action features the Women’s 200m Freestyle, Men’s 100m Butterfly, Women’s 50m Breaststroke, Men’s 200m Backstroke, Women’s 200m Backstroke and Men’s 4x100m Free Relay
Rule and Oliva will be swimming in the 200m Free, Jarod Hatch and Jean-Pierre Khouzam in 100m Fly, Mangaoang and Joy Rodgers in 50m Breast; Jerald Jacinto, Jayden Olson, Chloe Isleta and Roxanne Yu in 200m Back; and Hatch, Khouzam, Sacho Ilustre and Luke Gebbie in the 100m Free Relay.
Preliminary swims starts at 9:00am, while finals is set at 6:00pm.