JASMINE Alkhaldi is very pleased with her performance despite falling short of a final spot in the Fina World Championship as she gears up for the Southeast Asian Games.
The pretty 25-year-old swimmer finished 27th place out of the 94 entries in her pet event 100-meter freestyle, where only the top eight qualify for the final.
Alkhaldi had the best time among Southeast Asian bets as she bested long-time rival Nathanan Junkrajang of Thailand. The Filipina clocked 55.38 seconds while her Thai counterpart followed at 28th with 55.44. She also bested Junkrajang to top their heat.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of The Netherlands ruled the event with a winning time of 51.14.
As the lone Filipina entry in the event that came to an end Sunday in Hangzhou, China, Alkhaldi is making use of the experience as part of her training for next year’s SEA Games which the country is hosting.
Alkhaldi has yet to win a breakthrough gold in the biennial meet.
She was poised to win in the 2013 edition of the SEA Games after clocking 56.65 in the 100-m freestyle. But her victory was annulled by the technical committee owing to a false start. In the re-swim, Alkhaldi settled for the bronze medal.
The Philippine Olympian, who is being supported by Ever Bilena, is looking to improve her time to 54-53 seconds in time for the SEA Games in December 2019.
Philippine Swimming Inc.'s Lani Velasco flew to China during the meet to support Alkhaldi’s participation.