SINGAPORE -- Jasmine Alkhaldi salvaged a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle of the 28th Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions Monday night at the OCBC Aquatics Center here.
The 21-year-old Alkhaldi clocked 56.10 seconds to finish third in the same event where she lost the gold medal in controversial fashion two years ago in Myanmar.
The Filipina already secured the gold in the event two years ago when organizers ordered a re-swim following the protest made by Thailand.
Thai officials claimed a second horn was sounded signaling a false start, which forced others including the Thai swimmer, not to go on with the race.
But the other entries along with Alkhaldi didn’t stop and went on swimming, with the Filipina ending up winning the gold.
Alkhaldi settled for the bronze during the re-swim which the Thai bet won.
Despite missing the chance at winning the gold, Alkhaldi was satisfied with how she performed.
“Mabilis naman ‘yung time ko kaya okay lang. ‘Yung gold siyempre habol ko, pero kung hindi, medal (na lang),” said Alkhaldi, still gasping for air when interviewed by reporters.
“Malakas po ngayon,” Alkhaldi said of the 100-m freestyle cast.
It was the second bronze for the Filipina in the meet after finishing third in the women’s 50m butterfly earlier.