PH swimmers smash national records in SEA Games opening romp

Beatrice Go
PH swimmers smash national records in SEA Games opening romp
National record holders James Deiparine, Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi eclipse their own swimming marks during the Philippines' stellar SEA Games start


CAPAS, Philippines – Philippine swimming got its campaign off to a positive start as 3 tankers smashed their national records – highlighted by James Deiparine’s golden performance – in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, December 4 at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. 

Deiparine brought home the gold that had eluded the country for 10 years as he clocked 1 minute and 1.46 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke to shatter the record set by Vietnam’s Nguyen Huu Viet (1:01.60) in the Games’ 2009 edition. 

He also eclipsed his own national mark of 1:02.00, which he recorded during his silver-medal run in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. 

Despite losing to defending champion Quah Jing Wen of Singapore by a hair, Remedy Rule still made her SEA Games debut worthwhile by setting another national record in the women’s 200m butterfly with a time of 2:10.99.

She reset her previous mark of 2:11.38 minutes clocked last July in the world swimming championships in Gwangju, South Korea, which was faster than Quah’s gold-medal time of 2:12.03 in the 2017 SEA Games. 

Veteran Jasmine Alkhadi still proved that she can break barriers as she clocked 55.76 seconds in the women’s 100m freestyle that merited her a bronze medal behind Singaporeans Quah Ting Wen (54.74s) and Cherlyn Yeoh (55.55s), who pulled off a 1-2 finish. 

The 26-year-old Alkhaldi last broke the national record in the 2017 SEA Games where she clocked 55.90s. 

Swimming action runs until December  9 at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. – 


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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.