Two-time Olympic winner Jasmine Alkhaldi shattered the Philippine national record in the 50-meter freestyle event and eventually snared the silver medal at the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championships 2019 at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool in Causeway Bay Hong Kong.
The 26-year-old Alkhaldi added the record to her list of feats. This includes holding the Philippine women’s record in the 200, 100, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter butterfly events.
Alkhaldi clocked 25.66 seconds in the finals of the women’s 50-meter freestyle event, finishing behind gold medalist Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong who had a time of 25.08. She improved on her old mark of 25.67 set during the 29th SEA Games held in Malaysia two years ago, Pinoyswimming.com reported.
Camille Cheng, also from Hong Kong, settled for the bronze medal with a time of 25.94.
Alkhaldi’s feat should be a big boost as she takes part in the first Philippine National Open Swimming Championships set to be held at the New Clark City Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac. She faces the best of the best swimmers in this final qualifying meet for the upcoming SEA Games.
Junior World Championship veteran Maurice Sacho Illustre also made his presence felt when he won the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter Butterfly event with a time of 2:06.51. He also finished fifth in the Men’s 100-meter Freestyle final with a new personal best of 52.16.
Also making it to their respective finals were SEA Games veteran Rosalee Mira Santa Ana and Jordan Ken Lobos.
Santa Ana finished 4th in the Women’s 800-Meter freestyle (9:13.44) and 5th in the Women’s 200-meter Free final (2:25.88).
Lobos, on the other hand, finished 8th in the Men’s 200-meter Breastroke with a time of 2:25.88.
The 2019 Hong Kong Open Swimming Championship is both a SEA Games and Tokyo Olympic qualifying event.