Sorry end to Deiparine’s golden quest

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 27, 2017 03:49 PM
Sorry end to Deiparine’s golden quest
Filipino-American James Deiparine settled for a silver medal in the men’s 50-meter breast stroke.

KUALA LUMPUR – Indonesia’s Indra Gunawan foiled Filipino-American James Deiparine’s bid to give the Philippines its first swimming gold Saturday night, narrowly winning the men’s 50-meter breast stroke finals at the windup the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.

Seemingly primed to break the country’s eight-year-old SEA Games drought at the National Aquatic Center, Deiparine was relegated to runner-up honors anew for the second straight day in clocking 28.60 seconds behind Gunawan, who took the gold by a whisker in 28.25 seconds.

So disappointed was the 24-year-old Washington State native by being the bridesmaid again that he hung his head down as he emerged from the pool and politely declined to be interviewed.

It was Deiparine’s second silver medal after placing second in the men’s 100-meter back stroke last Friday, emerging as the Philippine squad’s best swimming performer in his SEA Games debut.

Jasmine Alkhaldi, who skipped the 100-meter butterfly finals to focus on her last two freestyle events, failed to medal in either the women’s 200-meter and 50-meter freestyle events.

Particularly galling was her bronze-medal finish in the women’s 200-meter freestyle race in 2:02.62 behind Thai silver medalist Nathanan Junkaranjang (2:01.34), who is the reason why the Pinay tanker’s win the women’s 100-meter freestyle gold in the 2013 Myanmar Games was nullified belatedly due to the false start.

In the re-swim, Alkhaldi settled for the bronze behind the veteran Thai, who took the gold.

The University of Hawaii graduate was also eased out of the podium in the women’s 50-meter freestyle race by Thailand’s Jenjira Sri-Saard, who bagged the bronze in 25.63 seconds to the Filipina’s 25.67.

The Philippine swimmers slumped from their previous performance in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games of two silvers and 11 bronzes to a measly haul of two silvers and five bronzes here.

On top of that, the national men’s water polo squad, which trained intensively in Portugal and Spain as part of its SEA Games buildup, wound up fourth in the five-nation men’s water polo tournament with a record of one win and three losses.

The Filipino synchronized swimmers, who were sent to the world championships in Budapest, Hungary last month for their only international exposure before the Games, were also washouts in all of the five events they were entered. 

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