IN a shocking turn of events, Jasmine Alkhaldi settled for the bronze medal during the re-swim of the women’s 100m freestyle on Friday night, almost 24 hours after being awarded the gold in the same event of the 27th Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions in Myanmar.
The weight of having to return the gold medal after a jury upheld a protest filed by Thailand, obviously had a big effect on the 20-year-old London Olympian who could only finish third in the re-swim held at the Wunna Theikdi swimming pool.
Ironically, Nathanan Junkrajang, the swimmer who was the subject of the Thai team’s protest, bagged the gold medal.
Thailand put the outcome of the race on Thursday night under protest after Junkrajang claimed she heard a horn signaling a false start, forcing her to stop while others went on with the race.
No official made an effort to stop the contest, which Alkhaldi won over two Singaporean entries.
She was later ordered to return the gold she received during the awarding ceremony shortly after the jury decided in favor of the Thai protest.
The disappointing result left the Philippines with three gold medals to date as it slipped to seventh place in the overall tally, falling behind Cambodia by a gold.