By Daniel Infante Tuaño
SPAIN – Three swimmers from the Philippine national team achieved their best times and broke Philippine records in the recently concluded 15th FINA World Championships held at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.
Jasmine Alkhaldi set a new Philippine record for 100m butterfly when she clocked in at 1.01.71 breaking her 2012 London Olympics record 1.01.96. She also set a new Philippine record for 100m freestyle at 56.36.
Filipino-American swimmer Josh Hall also broke two Philippine swimming records as he posted 28.48 in 50m breast stroke and 1.02.87 in 100m breast stroke.
Another Olympian swimmer Jessie Lacuna showed his best performance in three years in 200m freestyle, aside from achieving his best times in 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
Coach Archie Lim is happy with the improving performance of the team and considers the event as a great experience and an eye opener.
“Makikita mo, how fast you can be, how strong you can be, if you just put in more dedication, more resources, kung mas magiging seryoso pa tayo.”
Lim added, “it proves that Filipinos have talent in swimming siguro medyo kulang lang talaga tayo sa pagbuhos ng resources into the sport, medyo specialization na ngayon, if you look at other countries, a swimmer has their own nutritionist, psychologist, physiologist. Ito yung pinakaunang step, we need to be more scientific with it, we need to ask help, we need to seek specialists.” Originally published on ABS-CBNnews.com