NEW CLARK CITY—After producing 3 medals on Day 1, the Philippines national swimming team settled for one in the Southeast Asian Games on Thursday, thanks to the women’s team and its bronze in the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay.
Jasmine Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua, Nicole Oliva and Remedy Rule clocked 8 minutes and 15.46 seconds to finish behind powerhouse Singapore (8:07.00), which set a new SEA Games record, and Thailand (8:11.88).
Meanwhile, Alkhaldi missed the podium in the women’s 50 meter backstroke after placing fourth in the finals (29.79 seconds).
Alkhaldi set a new Philippine record in the backstroke during the preliminaries with an impressive 29.53 seconds, but was unable to duplicate it in the evening competition.
“I did (broke record). Di lang ako natuwa sa finals ko pero at least may Philippines record,” she said.
Rule picked up a silver (100 butterfly), while Alkhaldi earned a bronze (100 freestyle) on Wednesday.
Desirae Aubrey Mangaoang also fell short in her pursuit of a podium finish, as she landed fourth in the women’s 200 breaststroke (2:34.34) behind Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Luke Gebbie finished the men’s 50 butterfly in fifth place. Singapore’s Tzen Wei Tiong narrowly escaped Olympic champion and compatriot Joseph Schooling for the gold.
Action resumes on Friday, with the diving competition to start at noon.
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