LONDON -- Swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi is the latest casualty in the country’s hopes of capturing a medal as she failed to make it past the qualifying round of the women’s 100-meter freestyle event on Wednesday afternoon (Manila time) at the Aquatics Centre.
The 19-year-old from the University of Hawaii posted a time of 57.13 seconds and placed fifth in her heat but wound up finishing only 34th overall out of 48 competitors. Only the top 16 swimmers moved on to the semi-finals.
China’s Yi Tang recorded the best time in the event with 53.28 seconds.
Alkhaldi is the latest athlete to bow out in the country’s 11-man delegation after lifter Hidilyn Diaz, shooter Brian Rosario, swimmer Jessie Lacuna and archer Rachel Anne Cabral failed to advance in their respective events on Tuesday.
The lone bright spot for the country so far has been boxer Mark Barriga, who trounced a much taller foe in Italian Manuel Cappai, 17-7, in their light-flyweight bout on Tuesday.
Archer Mark Javier is set to compete in the men’s individual event later in the night.