Nine events, eight medals, eight national records, two Olympic B cuts, one Jasmine Alkhaldi

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Entered in nine events. Clinched eight medals. Broke eight Philippine national records. Clocked two Tokyo Olympics B cuts. All achieved by one swimmer named Jasmine Alkhaldi.

Her road to 30th Southeast Asian Games was rough, to the extent that she failed to qualify to this year’s World Championships. But champion as she is, she did what she does best -> deliver for the country at the Southeast Asian Games.

Amidst not (yet) winning a gold medal at the biennial meet, Jasmine’s extraordinary feat at this year’s SEA Games is definitely one for the books.

Here’s a run-down of what she has achieved in Tarlac.

TOKYO OLYMPIC “B” CUTS :
– 25.48 in Women’s 50m Freestyle, breaching the 25.51 QTB and inching closer to the 24.77 QTA
– 55.76 in Women’s 100m Freestyle, breaching the 56.01 QTB and inching closer to the 54.38 QTA

MEDALS & NEW PHILIPPINE RECORDS
– Silver : 4x100m Free Relay with a new PH Record time of 3:47.05, erasing the old record of 3:53.57
– Silver : 4x100m Medley Relay with a new PH Record time of 4:11.10, erasing the old record of 4:16.19
– Bronze : 4x200m Free Relay with a new PH Record time of 8:15.46, erasing the old record of 8:18.58
– Bronze : 50m Free with a new PH Record time of 25.48, erasing her old record of 25.64
– Bronze : 100m Free with a new PH Record time of 55.76, erasing her old record of 55.90
– Bronze : 50m Fly with a new PH Record time of 27.09, erasing her old record of 27.27
– Bronze : 100m Fly with a new PH Record time of 1:00.39, erasing Remedy Rules record of 1:00.42
– Bronze : 100m Back with a time of 1:04.08
– 4th Place : 50m Back with a new PH Record time of 29.53, erasing Chloe Isleta’s record of 29.79

Her medals and new PH record in the Freestyle Relay events were clocked along with Xiandi Chua, Nicole Oliva and Remedy Rule; while the silver and national record in the Medley Relay was with Chloe Isleta, Desirae Mangaoang and Rule.

This feat does not come as a surprise to all Jasmine followers, especially those who seen her compete since her first SEA Games in Laos in 2009.

Jasmine has always been the most consistent to deliver her best times in every SEA Games that she has joined, no matter how good or bad her times were leading to the games.

At age 16, at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, she set her first Seniors Philippine National record in the Women’s 100m Fly event, resetting Marichi Gandiongco’s 1:04.34 record to 1:02.16; and was part of the relay teams who broke the 4x100m Free and 4x200m Free relay PH national records.

At age 18, at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, she set her second PH National record, this time in the 50m Fly event with her second Philippine national record time of 28.18

At age 20, at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, she almost won her first Gold Medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event, had there been a re-swim. She ended up winning the bronze, her first SEA Games medal.

At age 22, at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she went home with five (5) bronze medals and seven (7) new Philippine national record in the 50m Free, 100m Free, 200m Free, 50m Fly, 100m Fly, 4x100m Medley Relay and 4x100m Free Relay events. She also hit the Rio Olympics “B” Cuts in four events (50m Free, 100m Free, 200m Free and 100m Fly)

At age 24, at the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, she went home with four (4) bronze medals and three (3) new Philippine national records in 50m Free, 50m Fly and 4x200m Free events.

At age 26, at the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines, you already know what happened.

Jasmine’s winning and record breaking ways have become a tradition in every SEA Games. This SEA Games though is her most successful outing in her SEA Games career, which would most likely win her another stint at the Olympic Games.

Since Philippine Swimming Incorporated has not released any qualifying guidelines on how swimmers get to be chosen for the Universality slots; it is not clear yet whether her SEA Games performance would be enough for a third appearance at the Olympic Games.

Looking at the Tokyo Olympics Qualifying Guidelines released by FINA, in Section C : Athletes Eligibility section, it states that only athletes who have participated in the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwanju and who are approved by FINA to compete are eligible for Universality Places.

If PinoySwiming dot com has interpreted this correctly, Jasmine may not be eligible for the Universality slot; but still has a chance to make it to Tokyo Olympics if she gets invited by FINA via her Tokyo Olympics “B” Cuts, or if she hits an Olympic QTA.


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