James Deiparine fell short of a double gold feat after settling for the silver medal in the Men’s 50-meter Breaststroke finals at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac Sunday evening.
Singapore’s Lionel Khoo Chien foiled Deiparine’s bid after topping the race with a time of 28.15 seconds while the Fil-American swimmer clocked 28.32.
Indonesian Nathaniel Gagarin (28.52) copped the bronze.
The 26-year-old Deiparine ended the Philippines 10-year gold medal drought when he ruled the 100-meter breaststroke final last Wednesday.
The Philippine women’s 4×100-meter medley relay squad of Chole Isleta, Desirae Aubrey Mangaoang, Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi also earned another silver, clocking 4:11.10.
The squad set a new Philippine record, eclipsing the old mark of 4:16.19 set by Roxanne Yu, Imelda Wistey, Hanna Dato and Alkhaldi in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
Swimming the Backstroke leg, Isleta clocked a new Philippine national record of 1:03.37 in the Women’s 100m Backstroke event, erasing the 1:03.69 record of Dorothy Grace Hong clocked at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang.
Earlier in the finals, Alkhaldi clinched a bronze with a third place finish in the women’s 50-meter freestyle event in 25.48 seconds behind Singaporean gold medalist Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (25.06) and Thai silver medalist Jenjira Srisasard (25.32).
Alkhaldi’s time is a new Philippine national record, erasing her 25.51 record clocked at the morning prelims.
She has also breached the 25.51 Tokyo Olympics QTB in this event; her second Olympics QTB after hitting the Tokyo Olympics QTB in the 100m Free event.
Compatriot Remedy Rule placed 5th in the 50m Free finals with 25.78
Narrowly missing a podium finish was Luke Gebbie who finished 4th in the Men’s 100m Finals with a time of 50.13 seconds.
Singapore’s Darren Chua and Joseph Schooling finished with the gold and silver, clocking 49.59 and 49.64
Quy Phuoc Hoang of Vietnam timed 50.08 for the bronze medal.
In the 400m Individual Medley finals, Jessie Khing Lacuna and Thomas Peregrina finished in 6th and 7th place with times of 4:32.53 and 4:33.16; while Georgia Peregrina and Isleta timed 5:02.52 and 5:04.11 also for 6th and 7th position.
Team Philippines’ ended the day five campaign with two silvers and a bronze, bring their swimming medal tall to 1 gold, 6 silvers and 7 bronze medals.
With the last day of swimming competition tomorrow, Singapore continues to dominate the medal tally with 18 golds, 7 silvers and 3 bronze medals.
Vietnam now has 10 golds, 5 silvers and 8 bronzes.
Thailand still ranks third with 1-7-4 tally, followed by Philippines with 1-7-7
Indonesia is a close 5th with 1-5-7 tally, while Malaysia failed to clinch a single medal on day five and still has 1-2-2 tally.
Last day of swimming action features the following events : Women’s 800m Free, Men’s 200m Fly, Women’s 100m Breast, Men’s 50m Free, Women’s 100m Fly and Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay.
Philippines’ bets are Nicole Oliva and Rosalee Santa Ana in 800m Free, Jean-Pierre Khouzam and Jessie Lacuna in 200m Fly, Desirae Mangaoang and Miranda Renner in 100m Breast, Luke Gebbie and Jarod Hatch in 50m Free, Jasmine Alkhaldi and Remedy Rule in 100m Fly, and the quartet of Jerard Jacinto, James Deiparine, Jarod Hatch and Luke Gebbie in the Medley relay.
Prelims starts at 9:00am, while finals starts at 6:00pm.
Photo Credit : Evan Grabador