Hannah Dato propels PH swimming to a golden start at 2014 ASEAN University Games

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The Philippine Swimming team seeing action at the 17th ASEAN University Games was off to a golden start yesterday, as Hannah Dato snared a gold medal on the first day of swimming action at the Jakabaring Aquatic Stadium, Palembang, Indonesia.

Fresh from the World Championship last week, Datao topped the Women’s 50m Butterfly event with 28.33 seconds; edging out Thailand’s Supasuta Sounthornchote by mere 3 milliseconds to clinch the gold.

Chui Lai Kwan of Malaysia settled for the bronze with 28.72 seconds.

University of the Philippines’ Denjylie Cordero narrowly missed a double gold opportunity for team Philippines after clocking a second slower than the gold medal time of Malaysia’s Erika Chia Kong’s 2:37.97.

The Malaysian clinched the gold. Cordero settled for silver with 2:38.97, while Pornsuda Viniyompong of Thailand took the bronze, 2:42.72

In the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, Giancarlo Silva and Alberto Batungbacal finished 6th and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, Ateneo’s Ariana Herranz, who is also fresh from the World Championship last week, added a bronze medal to the Philippine Swimming’s day 1 campaign, finishing third in Women’s 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:24.47

Gerard Christoffe Reyes placed 5th in the men’s event with 2:15.03.

Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna was not so lucky in the first day of the competition as he narrowly missed a podium finish in the Men’s 400m Freestyle.

Lacuna finished 4th; while compatriot Axel Toni Steven Ngui placed 6th in the finals. Hannah Dato and Kimberly Uy finished 4th and 6th in the women’s 400m Free.

Lacuna also finished 7th in the Men’s 50m Butterfly event, while Anna Celina Gonzalez placed 8th in the women’s event.

The Bulacan bullet is poised to win a medal or two in day 2 of action at the Jakabaring Aquatic Stadium as he swims in his pet events, the 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle

Dato, the day 1 golden girl, will go for another golden victory today as she plunges in one of her pet events, the 100m Butterfly.

It will be a very tough fight for the gold though for Dato, as Thailand’s Supasuta Sounthornchote, whom she relegated to a silver medal finish in day 1, is poised to top the event.

Here’s the full day 1 swimming results of the 17th ASEAN University Games:

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