PH swimmer James Deiparine shatters 10-year SEA Games record

Beatrice Go
James Deiparine makes history right on the first day of swimming action in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games


STELLAR. James Deiparine ends the Philippines' decade-long gold medal drought. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE


CAPAS, Philippines – James Deiparine made history right on the first day of swimming action in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, December 4 at the New Clark City Aquatic Center here in Tarlac.

Deiparine captured the gold in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, shattered a 10-year SEA Games record, reset his own Philippine mark, and ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the sport. 

A silver medalist in the 2017 edition, Deiparine recorded a time of 1 minute and 1.46 seconds to smash the regional tournament record of 1:01.60 that Vietnam’s Nguyen Huu Viet set in 2009.

Deiparine also broke the Philippine mark of 1:02.00, which he set in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. 

The last time Filipino tankers won in the SEA Games was way back in 2009 when Miguel Molina bagged a pair of mints in the men’s 200m and 400m individual medley, while Daniel Coakley and Ryan Arabejo had one each in the men’s 50m freestyle and men’s 1,500m freestyle, respectively. –


Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.