PH swimming relay salvages bronze as Luke Gebbie shatters record
CAPAS, Philippines– The Philippine women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team ended Day 2 of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games swimming competition with a bronze, while Luke Gebbie broke records twice on Thursday, December 5 at the New Clark City Aquatics Center here in Tarlac.
Swimming the anchor leg, Remedy Rule – the 2019 SEA Games women’s 200m butterfly silver medalist – faded down the stretch while Thai swimmer Natthanan Junkaragang pulled away.
The Pinay tankers, also composed of Nicole Oliva, Xiandi Chua and Jasmine Alkhaldi, settled for bronze with a time of 8 minutes and 15.46 seconds. in the field of 3 teams.
Singapore capped its dominant showing at the pool with a gold in 8:07.00, while Thailand copped silver in 8:11.88.
"We’re happy to get a medal, that’s to add more to the Philippine team," said veteran swimmer Alkhaldi.
Although the Philippines failed to garner a medal in the individual events, it wasn't a total washout for the day as Gebbie and Alkhaldi set Philippine marks.
After resetting the record in the preliminaries, Fil-Kiwi Gebbie did it again in the men's 50m butterfly finals with a time of 24.34 seconds that merited him a 5th place finish.
Gebbie erased Daniel Coakley's decade-old record of 24.71 seconds, just months after failing to beat it by just a fraction of a second in the Philippine National Swimming Championships last September.
Alkhaldi, on the other hand, wound up 4th place in the women's 50m backstroke in 29.79 seconds. But she earlier set a new record in the preliminaries with a time of 29.53 seconds.
"Di ako natuwa sa finals ko pero at least naka-Philippine record," saidd Alkhaldi, who surpassed Chloe Isleta's women's 50m backstroke record of 29.79 seconds set last June.
(I wasn't thrilled in the finals, but at least I was able to reset a Philippine record.) – Rappler.com