New swimming recruit and SEA Games debutante Matt Navata ended Philippine’s campaign with a bronze medal in the last day of swimming competitions at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Swimming Pool, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Swimming in lane 5 in the men’s 200m butterfly finals, Navata placed 6th in the first 50m of the race, and them slowly moved up to 4th place in the middle of the race. He then pushed further in the last 100 meter of the race to finish in third place with a time of 2:04.20, behind Joseph Schooling who won the race with a time of 1:59.46.
Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah won the silver clocking 2:01.65.
Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi did not manage to win a medal in her last event of the SEA Games swimming competition, where she finished a close 4th in the women’s 50 meter freestyle event.
But the good news is, she clocked a new Philippine national record of 26.02 in the said event, erasing her previous record of 26.30 she set at the Speedo Western Regional Championship in USA middle of this year.
Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna, the 2011 SEA Games silver medalist in the men’s 200m freestyle event, failed to duplicate his previous win and settled only in the 4th place with a time of 1:52.33, a bit slower to his 1:52.23 silver medal time last year.
Lacuna is the only swimmer in the 4-member team who failed to win a medal. He though clocked a new Philippine national record of 55.08 in the men’s 100m butterfly event, erasing the 7 year-old 55.15 record of James Walsh set at the ConocoPhilips USA National Swimming Championship in USA in August 2007.
SEA Games debutante and Philippine national record holder Joshua Hall managed to win a bronze medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke event with a time of 1:03.23
Jasmine Alkhaldi on the other hand delivered 2 bronze medals (suppose to be a gold and a bronze without the controversy) her first SEA Games medals since she started representing Philippines in SEA Games in 2009.
She won the bronze medal in the women’s 100m freestyle and women’s 100m butterfly events.
Philippine swimming won a total of 4 bronze medals this year, a far cry from their 2 silver and 4 bronze medals last 2011 SEA Games, but this year with only 4 swimmers compared to last 2011 where thy sent 9 swimmers.