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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 

 

 

 

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine 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.

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