Hunt for Team Philippines first 17th Asian Games medal continues


The hunt for Team Philippines’ first medal continues on day 3 of action at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi is on the only Filipino athlete today who will be competing in the medal round.

But first, Alkhaldi has to register a top 8 time in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event in the morning preliminaries in order to advance to the evening finals.

The University of Hawaii senior student will be swimming on lane 3 of heat 3 in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event, with a seed time of 56.37, the current Philippine national record in the said event which she set at last year’s World Championship in Barcelona, Spain.

Alkhaldi is seeded 8th among all participating Asian swimmers in the said event, with four swimmers (SHEN Duo (CHN), TANG Yi (CHN), UCHIDA Miki (JPN) and HAUGHEY Siobhan Bernadette – HKG) having a seed time of below 55 seconds; and two swimmers (MATSUMOTO Yayoi – JPN, and AIGALIYEVA Elmira – KAZ) registering below 56 seconds time.

With the pool of strong swimmers in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event, a podium finish for Alkhaldi is a really tough thing to achieve. An appearance in the evening finals can be considered a great achievement for Philippines’ lone medal hope today, so as a new Philippine national record.

Other Filipino athletes seeing action today are Wushu fighters Jean Claude Saclag, Divine Wally and Francisco Solis who will vie for a semifinal slot on Tuesday.

Saclag will face Thailand’s Hendrick Tarigan in the quarterfinal round of the Men’s Sanda -60kg, while Wally takes on Korea’s Kim Hyebin in the Women’s Sanda -52kg quarterfinals.

In the Men’s -56kg quarterfinals, Solis will go against Hong Kong’s Ting Hong Wong.

Rowers Benjamine Tolentino Jr., Edgar Ilas and Nestor Cordova will have another chance today to advance to the final round of their respective events.

Tolentino vies for a slot in the finals as he fights it out for a top two finish in the Men’s Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls Repechage 1; while doubles partners, Ilas and Cordova, also eyes for a top 2 finish in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Repechage 1 in order to advance to the finals.

On the other hand, Filipino fencers, Nathaniel Perez and Wilfred Richard Curioso start their quest for the Men’s Foil gold medal today as they face their respective foes in the preliminary rounds.

Grouped in Pool A, Perez will go aganst Fujino Daiki (JPN), Ma Jianfei (CHN), Hazazi Yahya Hassan Y (KSA), Meshaab Khalid Fahad (QAT) and Ali F A A Abbas (KUW); while Curioso faces in Chen Haiwei (CHN), Zhang Zhenggang (SIN), Son Youngki (KOR), and Panchan Nontapat (THA) in Pool D.

Team Philippines action starts today at 9:00am with our swimmer and fencers in action, then our rowers follow at 10:00am.

Wushu quarterfinal action starts at 19:00pm.

God bless Team Philippines! #LabanPilipinasLaban

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