Tanker Jasmine Alkhaldi resets Philippine national swim record


Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi reset her 200m Freestyle Philippine national record anew on day 4 of swimming competitions at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center, Incheon, Korea.

Swimming on lane 2 of heat 3 in the morning preliminaries of the women’s 200m freestyle event, Alkhaldi clocked a new national record time of 2:02.84, and finished 4th in her heat and 9th overall among 18 swimmers around Asia.

Her new Philippine national record is 29 milliseconds faster than her previous record of 2:03.13 which she set just last July at the Western Sectional Meet in Oregon, USA.

This is the third time that she trimmed down the national record since she first broke it in July last year.

Since the start of the swimming competition in this year’s Asian Games last Sunday, Jasmine though has been unsuccessful in making an appearance in the finals.

She has consistently ranked 9th overall in all her past events, to the disappointment of the sports fans.

In her first event, the 100m Freestyle, she clocked 56.92, which was just a few milliseconds away from the 56.73 time of Thailand’s Natthanan Junkrajang who took the 8th place.

At the 100m Butterfly event, she clocked 1:02.34, while Hong Kong’s Kin Lok Chan registered 1:01.88 to take the 8th spot.

And in today’s 200m Freestyle event, Thailand’s Natthanan Junkrajang again outduelled her for the last slot in the finals with her time of 2:02.33

Jasmine has only one event to go, the 50m Freestyle event, slated on Friday. All sports enthusiasts are praying that this time, she will make it to the top 8, and if not, then a new PH National record will do.

On the other hand, olympic swimmer Jessie Lacuna and SEA Games medalist Josh Hall have not been successful also in barging in to the finals.

Lacuna placed 15th in the 200m freestyle event with a time of 1:53.20; and 13th in the 100m butterfly event after clocking 55.18 seconds. He is scheduled to swim his last event tomorrow, 100m freestyle.

Hall placed 12th today in the 100m breast event with a time of 1:03.26.

Like Jasmine, Hall is set to swim his last event, the 50m breaststroke, on Friday.

Godspeed Jasmine, Jessie and Josh!

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