New PH record, but no medal



NAY PYI TAW – Jessie Khing Lacuna set a new Philippine record in the 100m butterfly, but could only wind up fifth in the event late Saturday in the 27th SEA Games swimming competitions at the Wunna Theikdi pool here.

Lacuna, who turns 20 on Dec. 23, clocked 55.08 seconds in the finals to strike from the books the old national record of 55.15s set by James Walsh in 2007.

The Pulilan, Bulacan native, however, finished way behind gold-winner Joseph Isaac Schooling of Singapore, who submitted a new SEAG record of 53.67s.

Indonesia’s Fauzi Triady copped the silver with a 53.14 while teammate Glenn Victor Sutanto salvaged the bronze with a 53.93.

Jasmine Alkhaldi, third placer in the 100m freestyle, bagged her second bronze through the 100m butterfly. She was timed at 1:01.76 to gold winner Tao Li (59.87) and Ting Wen Quah (1:00.34) also of Singapore.

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