With world class swimmers from China, Japan and Korea dominating the Asian Games in the past editions of the game, a swimmer’s performance within the top five finish of the previous Asian Games (2010) is definitely a tough criterion to beat for a Filipino swimmer.
But Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi, has beaten the said criterion! Not just in one event, but she managed to clock an Asian Games 2010 top five finish in three events.
At last year’s SEA Games in Myanmar, Jasmine clocked 26.02 seconds in the 50m Freestyle to place 4th in the finals, and at the same time beat the 26.04 Asian Games 2010 fifth place time of Tomoko Hagiwara from Japan.
In February of this year, Jasmine represented University of Hawaii at the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships from February 19 to 22.
She again beat the 5th place time of Hagiwara in the 50m Freestyle after clocking 22.79(Y) which is 25.87 seconds when converted to LC time.
In the same meet, she also registered 49.27(Y) in 100m Freestyle and 1:47.17(Y) in 200m Freestyle events, with converted LC equivalents of 55.74 and 2:01.23 in 100m and 200m Freestyle respectively. These clockings again beat the 2010 Asian Games 5th place times of both events.
Yayoi Matsumoto of Japan clocked 55.78 seconds to place 5th in the 2010 edition of Asian Games, while Korea’s Jae Young Lee finished fifth in the 200m Freestyle event with a time of 2:01.94.
With Jasmine beating three 2010 Asian Games 5th place placements, she has most likely booked a place in the Philippine team bound to compete in Incheon Asian Games.
So far, Jasmine is the only swimmer who has beaten a 2010 Asian Games fifth place finish among Filipino swimmers.
Joshua Hall’s 28.48 time in the 50m breaststroke event clocked at the FINA World Championship last year, is milliseconds away from the 5th place time of Kazakhstan’s Vladislav Plyakov (28.15), while comebacking swimmer, Dhill Anderson Lee’s 25.29 time in the 50m butterfly this year is also just a few milliseconds away to China’s Weiwu Chen’s 24.43 fifth place time in the said event.
The duo of Banjo Borja and Matt Navata also registered close to 5th place times in the 200m Individual Medley event.
Banjo’s converted time of 2:05.21 clocked at this year’s NCAA Div 2 Championship and Matt’s 2:05.44 time clocked last SEA Games are also close to the 2:04.24 fifth place time of fellow Filipino swimmer Miguel Molina in the 2010 Asian Games.
On the other hand, Jessie Khing Lacuna’s 51.39 converted time in the 100m freestyle event clocked last FINA World Cup in Singapore in October is also just a few strokes away from Japan’s Sho Uchida fifth place time of 50.07
The good news is, our swimmers still have until August 16 to beat the 2010 Asian Games fifth place times in order to make it to the Philippine contingent bound to compete in the 17th Asian Games.
And another good news is, times that equal or surpass the top 5 placement in the 2012 Asian Swimming Championship (ASC) in Dubai also qualify for the Incheon Asian Games.
PinoyHeadline dot Com is still compiling the top 5 times of the 2012 ASC meet, and will release another news article on the qualifiers based on the 2012 ASC top 5 criterion.