Swimmer and SEA Games medalist Josh Hall reset his Men’s 100m Breaststroke Philippine national record at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championship in Gold Coast, Australia last week.
Hall, who broke Eric Buhain’s 12-year-old men’s 100m breaststroke national record last year, clocked 1:02.41 at the morning heats of the men’s 100m breast to reset his previous record of 1:02.87 set at last year’s FINA World Championships in in Barcelona, Spain. He went on to swim in the evening B finals where he clocked 1:03.18 to rank 14th overall among the many elite swimmers from around the world.
He also saw action at the 200m breaststroke event where he 18th in the morning preliminaries with a time of 2:20.48.
The 23-year-old’s new 100m Breast PH record has officially earned him a slot at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore since it has surpassed the bronze medal standard time of 1:03.32, and even surpassed the 2013 SEA Games gold medal time of 1:03.06 set by Thailand’s Radomyos Matjiur.
His new 100m breast best time of 1:02.41 has also made him the second Filipino swimmer to have surpassed the 16th FINA World Championship Qualifying B Standard time of 1:02.56 (the QTA is 1:00.44).
Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi is the first Filipino swimmer to have achieved a QTB for the Kazan World Championship next year. She clocked 26.00 and 56.82 seconds in the 50m and 100m Freestyle events at the Speedo Western Sectionals in USA last July. Both times are faster than the 2015 Worlds QTBs.
Hall, who is also the PH national record holder of the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, is set to join Olympians Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea next month.