Deiparine ends PHI’s decade-long drought in SEA Games swimming

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 04, 2019 06:56 PM
Deiparine ends PHI’s decade-long drought in SEAG swimming
Filipino-American James Deiparine put a stop to his country’s 10-year search for a gold medal in swimming by reigning supreme in men’s 100-meter breaststroke (Photo courtesy of Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News)

NEW CLARK CITY, TARLAC - The Philippines is finally a winner once more in swimming in the Southeast Asian Games.

Filipino-American James Deiparine put a stop to his country’s 10-year search for a gold medal by reigning supreme in men’s 100m breaststroke in the 2019 edition of the biennial event, Wednesday at NCC Aquatics Center here.

Not only is Deiparine the first Filipino gold medalist in swimming in a decade, he is also the regional meet’s new record holder with a time of 1.01.46.

Before this, the last time the country celebrated a gold medal was back in 2009 thanks to Miguel Molina, Ryan Arabejo, and Daniel Coakley.

As he continued to wear the flag in the SEA Games, Deiparine made a splash as he bested silver medalist Thanh Bao Pham of Vietnam (1.01.92) and bronze medalist Chien Yin Lionel of Indonesia (1.01.98).

Over at the women’s side, another Filipino-American made her debut and made an immediate impact.

Remedy Rule went all-out in her first go-round for the Philippines and scored silver in the 200m butterfly.

Rule finished with a time of 2.10.99 - just barely falling short of gold medalist Jing Wen Quah of Singapore who clocked in at 2.10.97.

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