Pinay Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi qualifies for FINA World Swimming Championship
Lils Liwanag on Dec 05, 2018 10:14 AM
“I was born and raised in the Philippines. It is really an honor to represent the country. I am thankful that in this day and age, more women get to be worthy of competing in the world stage. One doesn’t always get the opportunity to serve the nation.” - Jasmine Alkhaldi (photo courtesy of Jasmine Alkhaldi)
Two-time Olympian swimmer and national team mainstay Jasmine Alkhaldi is on a roll, achieving success after success in major swimming meets she joined abroad this year.
The 25-year old bemedalled tanker continued to make waves by upholding Filipino pride at the 14th Singapore National Swimming Championship in June, the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in August, and the FINA Swimming World Cup in Singapore in November.
Representing the Ayala Harpoons Swim Club, Jasmine took the gold in the 100-meter women’s butterfly and bronze for the 200-meter women’s freestyle final events in the Singapore National Championships.
In Indonesia, Jasmine barged into the 200-m freestyle finals for Team Pilipinas at the 18th Asian Games. Though she finished last, Jasmine believes that her performance in Indonesia was a huge improvement from her past two Asian Games outings.
On November 15-18, Jasmine bannered the Philippine contingent’s participation in the Swimming World Cup in Singapore by clocking 55.54 in the 100-m freestyle finals, beating the qualifying time of 55.66.
The Swimming World Cup in Singapore culminated the seven-meet event of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). With her feat in the Lion City, Jasmine became the only Filipino to qualify for the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China on December 11-16.
The veteran of international competitions said, “My preparations for the World Championships this year will be different from the previous years I competed in, with the new learning and insight acquired from competing alongside world-class swimmers in the Singapore Nationals and the Asiad.
“And come holiday season, I plan to continue my training by doing a month trip outside the country in order to train and learn from other swimmers who are better than I am. There’ll be a few months left to train before the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila begins.”
It goes without saying that Jasmine is gunning for her first gold medal in the 30th SEA Games since it will be held in the Philippines next year. Her previous three SEA Games appearances in 2013 (Napyidaw), 2015 (Singapore), and 2017 (Kuala Lumpur) earned a silver medal and eleven bronze medals for the Philippines.
The business graduate (with majors in Management and Marketing) from the University of Hawaii currently holds the Philippine record for women’s swimming in the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter freestyle, and both 50- and 100-meter butterfly events.
Born of Saudi-Filipino descent, Jasmine states, “I was born and raised in the Philippines. It is really an honor to represent the country. I am thankful that in this day and age, more women get to be worthy of competing in the world stage. One doesn’t always get the opportunity to serve the nation.”
For half her life, Jasmine had dedicated herself to competitive swimming. She gives credit to God, family, friends, coaches and country for all the support which made her achieve the success she’s enjoying to date.
Her advice to aspiring future swimming champions? “Dream big! Work on your goals and do your best to make them happen,” Jasmine concluded.