Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi resets two Philippine national records


Jasmine Alkhaldi resets two new Philippine records
Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi reset two of her Philippine national records last week at the 2014 Speedo Western Section LC Championship in Oregon, Portland, USA.

The twenty-one-year-old swimmer Alkhaldi first reset her women’s 200m Freestyle record after finishing second in the said event with a new Philippine record time of 2:03.13, erasing her 2:03.62 national record set in the same meet last year.

Determined to live up to her title as the current Queen of Philippine swimming, the University of Hawaii student then topped the women’s 50m Freestyle event and clocked another new Philippine national record of 26.00 en route to winning the gold medal.

This is the 5th time Alkhaldi has reset the women’s 50m Freestyle record.

Her first was in 25th SEA Games in Laos (2009) where she broke Akiko Thompson’s 20 year-old record of 26.62 set in the 15th SEA Games in Malaysia in 1989.

She reset Thompson’s record to 26.56 in Laos SEA Games that year, and then reset that record in the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia (2011) with a new record of 26.36

At the same Speedo Western section meet last year, Aalkaldi again reset her record to 26.30; and again reset that record at the Myanmar SEA Games last year with 26.02 clocking.

Her new national record of 26.00 seconds in the women’s 50m freestyle event has officially clinched her a spot at the Asian Games bound Philippine team after it surpassed the Asian Games 2010 5th place time of 26.04 set by Japan’s Tomoko Hagiwara at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Most importantly, her new 50m Freestyle best time has made her the first Filipino swimmer to have breached the 16th FINA World Championship qualifying time “B” of 26.11

Fil-am swimmer Maxime Rooney has actually surpassed the 2015 World Championship qualifying time last month in the 200m Backstroke event, but Rooney is not yet an official member of the Philippine team – thus officially making Alkhaldi as the first Filipino swimmer to have hit a 2015 World Championship QTB.

Apart from the two new Philippine records, Asian Games slot and World Championship QTB feats; Alkhaldi also set another 16th FINA World Championship qualifying “B” time in the women’s 100m Freestyle event after clocking 56.82 en route to winning the gold medal in the finals. Her time has surpassed the World Championship QTB of 56.98

She also went to win the silver medal of the women’s 100m butterfly event with her time of 1:02.23

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