Jasmine Alkhaldi adds to bronze medal haul as Singaporean posts record time in 100 free
Jasmine Alkhaldi again bags bronze in the 100 free after the same finish in the Myanmar and Singapore Games. Jerome Ascano

KUALA LUMPUR — Third time still wasn’t a charm for hard luck Jasmine Alkhaldi, who bagged the bronze medal anew in the women’s 100-meter freestyle race in the 29th Southeast Asian Games swimming competition at the National Aquatic Center on Wednesday.

Alkhaldi clocked 55.90 seconds, better than her 56.10 clocking in bagging bronze in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, but still not enough to beat Singapore’s Quah Ting Wen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Ti Anh.

Quah and Nguyen bagged gold and silver in record-breaking times of 55.74 and 55.75, respectively, as the trio matched their 1-2-3 finish in Singapore two years ago.

The Singaporean and her Vietnamese rival eclipsed Quah’s previous SEAG record of 55.93 seconds also set in Singapore.

It was the third straight bronze in the 100-meter freestyle since the 2013 Myanmar Games for Alkhaldi, who added another bronze later in the day in the women’s 50-meter butterfly (27.21).

Meanwhile, Jessie King Lacuna placed fifth in the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.33.

In early morning heats on Thursday, Fil-Am Nicole Marie Oliva placed a distant second in 8:52.67 in the women’s 800-meter freestyle behind the Nguyen (8:35.50).

Lacuna barely scraped into the men’s 200-individual medley finals with a time of 2:07.34 in the heats. 

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