It’s been six editions of the games when two Filipino tankers have shared a podium in a swim event in SEA Games.
This year, at the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in Philippines, Chloe Kennedy Isleta and Jasmine Alkhaldi shared the podium in the Women’s 100m Backstroke event where they finished second and third in the evening finals at the NCC Aquatic Center in Tarlac City Saturday evening.
It was a different story for both ladies heading to the finish line.
Isleta was fourth upon turning for the final lap of the race. She then used her super impressive underwater swim and come out of the water side by side leader and gold medal winner Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam.
From there, she never looked back and finished the race in second place with a time of 1:03.85.
Alkhaldi on the other hand displayed a come from behind win to snatch the bronze.
She was in 7th place heading back to the final lap of the race, and then slowly but surely paddled her way up to clock 1:04.08 for third place.
Vien took the gold in 1:02.97 minutes.
The home crowd went gaga over the 2-3 finish of Isleta and Alkhaldi; a reminiscent of the gold and bronze medal finish of Miguel Mendoza and Ryan Arabejo in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle event in 2005 SEA Games, right in front of the home crowd. It was also the last time Philippines had two winners sharing the podium in an event.
Earlier in the evening finals, Alkhaldi also clinched the bronze medal of the Women’s 50m Butterfly event where she clocked a new Philippine national record of 27.09, resetting her previous record of 27.27
Singapore’s Ting Wen Quah took the gold with 26.50 and defending gold medalist Joy Srisa-ard of Thailand settled for the silver with a time of 26.64
Another Filipino swimmer, Jazlynn Pak, timed 28.12 for fight place.
After Alkhaldi’s back-to-back bronze medal wins, she then teamed up with Remedy Rule, Nicole Oliva and Xiandi Chua in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay and clinched the silver medal with a new Philippine national record time of 3:47.05
Oliva also saw action in the Women’s 400m Freestyle finals along with Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, where they finished 5th and 7th with times of 4:20.74 and 4:26.11
Jonathan Cook displayed another sterling performance, this time clocking 2:15.77 in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke finals but just enough for 4th place.
Alberto Batungbacal timed 2:21.65 for 8th place.
Country’s top backstrokers, Jerard Jacinto and Jayden Olson finished the Men’s 50m Backstroke finals in 4th and 5th place, clocking 26.21 and 26.22 respectively.
Earlier in the morning prelims, Olson broke the 50m Back PH national record and became the first Pinoy swimmer to have gone below 26 seconds, with his new record time of 25.99
Maurice Sacho Ilustre and Jessie Khing Lacuna ranked 6th and 7th in the Men’s 200m Freestyle finals with times of 1:52.01 and 1:52.58
Team Philippines’ ended their day four campaign with 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals, bringing down the total medal tally to 1 gold, 4 silvers and 6 bronze medals.
Singapore continues to lead the medal tally in swimming, winning 14 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medals.
Vietnam is a far second with 8 golds, 5 silvers and 6 bronzes.
With Thailand’s win in the Men’s 200m Breast courtesy of James Bond, they now overtakes Philippines for third place, having a 1-5-3 tally to Philippines 1-4-6 tally which now ranks 4th.
Indonesia is a close 5th with 1-4-5 tally, while Malaysia in sixth place with 1-2-2.
Only Singapore and Vietnam have so far won more than one gold medal.
Day five of action features the following events : Men’s 50m Breast, Women’s 50m Free, Men’s 400m IM, Women’s 400m IM, Men’s 100m Fee and Women’s 4x100m Free Relay.
Philippines will be represented by James Deiparine and Rian Marco Tirol i 50m Breast; Jasmine Alkhaldi and Remedy Rule in 50m Free; Jessie Lacuna, Thomas Peregrina, Chloe Isleta and Georgia Peregrina in the 400m IM; Luke Gebbie and Jean-Pierre Khouzam in 100m Free; and the quartet of Isleta, Mangaoang, Rule and Alkhaldi in the women’s medley relay.
Prelims starts at 9:00am, while finals starts at 6:00pm.