Swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi happy with 100-meter bronze finish
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2015 03:43 PM
"Mabibilis at mas malalakas ang mga kalaban ngayon. So kahit na bronze ako, basta nakuha ko ang time na gusto ko okay lang."
SINGAPORE -- For swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi, it was a bronze medal that sparkles like gold.
Alkhaldi suffered yet another setback as she finished third in the women's 100-meter freestyle event of the 28th Southeast Asian Games late Monday at the OCBC Swimming Arena inside the National Stadium here.
The London Olympian registered a time of 56.10 seconds, just a heartbeat behind silver medalist Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Vietnam and gold medalist Ting Wen Quah of Singapore, who tallied 56.05 and 55.93 seconds, respectively.
But her eyes show no tears of sorrow.
She was smiling, knowing that she did well in the same event that broke her heart two years ago in Myanmar.
"Syempre 'ouch' yung nangyari nung sa Myanmar," said the 5th year Marketing and Management student from the University of Hawaii. "Pero mas mabilis naman yung time ko ngayon kesa sa inaakala ko. So okay na din. Happy na din ako sa performance ko."
In the previous biennial meet, Alkhaldi won the mint after tallying 56.65 seconds in the women's 100-meter freestyle. She was awarded the gold and posed for pictures together with the silver and bronze medalists from Singapore.
Few hours later, the unthinkable happened.
The gold medal that Alkhaldi won was recalled by the organizers after Thailand protested that she had a false start. A re-swim was scheduled the following day where a broken-hearted Alkhaldi settled for the bronze.
"Syempre this time, gold pa din ang target ko," she said. "Pero mas mabibilis at mas malalakas ang mga kalaban ngayon. So kahit na bronze ako, basta nakuha ko ang time na gusto ko okay lang."
She left the pool area wearing a winning smile. She knows she did a tremendous job.