NEW CLARK CITY – The Philippine swimming team was abruptly brought back down to earth as it was limited to a bronze medal on the day powerhouse Singapore and Vietnam asserted their dominance in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The lone medal for the host was provided by the women’s team of Jasmine Alkhaldi, Remedy Rule, Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, and Xiandi Chua in the 4x200 meter freestyle, which the Singaporean quartet of Ting Wen Quah, Jing Wen Quah, Ching Hwee Gan, and Christine May Mu Chue topped behind a new meet record of 8:07 seconds.
The Filipina relay team clocked 8:15.46 for the bronze as it lost the silver to Thailand (8:11.88).
The bronze finish came just a day after the host ended a 10-year gold medal drought in the sport following the record-breaking performance of James Deiparine in the men’s 100-meter breastroke.
Counting the bronze, the Filipinos now have a tally of one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals in the pool.
"We're happy to get a medal to add more to the Philippine team," Alkhaldi said after the awarding ceremony.
Singapope and Vietnam flexed their muscles at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, winning four and a gold out of the five at stakes for the day.