PH bet Jasmine Alkhadi settles for bronze in 2017 SEA Games swimming
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KUALA LUMPUR – Third time still wasn’t a charm for hard luck Jasmine Alkhaldi, who bagged the bronze for medal anew after a riveting women’s 100-meter freestyle race in the 29th Southeast Asian Games swimming competition at the National Aquatic Center lateWednesday here.
In a three-way battle with Singapore’s Quah Ting Wen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Ti Anh, Alkhaldi once again played a cameo role to both swimmers, checking in third in 55.90 seconds, despite besting her previous time of 56.10 in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.
Quah and Nguyen were slightly faster, bagging the gold and silver in record-breaking times of 55.74 and 55.75, respectively, as the trio matched their 1-2-3 finish in Singapore two years ago.
The Singaporean and her Vietnamese rival eclipsed Quah’s previous SEAG record of 55.93 seconds also set in Singapore.
It was the third straight bronze in the 100-meter freestyle dating back to the 2013 Myanmar Game for Alkhaldi, who added another bronze later in the day in the women’s 50-meter butterfly (27.21).
Continuing to wallow in the dumps was out-of-shape Jessie King Lacuna, who placed fifth in the men’s 200-meter freestyle (1:51.33).
In early morning heats on Thursday, Fil-Am Nicole Marie Oliva placed a distant second in 8:52.67 in the women’s 800-meter freestyle behind the brilliant Nguyen, who had an unreachable 8:35.50 in topping the heat.
Lacuna barely scraped into the men’s 200-individual medley finals with a time of 2:07.34 in the heats.