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SEA Games: Deiparine narrowly misses out on double gold in swimming

/ 11:42 PM December 08, 2019

James Deiparine of the Philippines wins decade-gold medal in swimming after he ruled the 100-meter breaststroke held at Aquatics Center, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac, December 4, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

James Deiparine fell just less than a second short of a double gold feat after settling for the silver medal in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in the 30th Southeast Asian Games swimming championships at New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac.

Singapore’s Lionel Khoo Chien foiled Deiparine’s bid after topping the race with a time of 28.15 seconds while the Fil-American swimmer clocked 28.32.

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Indonesian Nathaniel Gagarin (28.52) copped the bronze.

The 26-year-old Deiparine ended the Philippines 10-year gold medal drought when he ruled the 100-meter breaststroke final last Wednesday.

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The Philippine women’s 4×100-meter medley relay squad of Chole Isleta, Desirae Aubrey Mangaoang, Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi also earned another silver, clocking 4:11.10.

The squad set a new Philippine record, eclipsing the old mark of 4:16.19 by Roxanne Yu, Imelda Wistey, Hanna Dato and Alkhaldi in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Alkhaldi also added a bronze to her collection with a third place finish in the women’s 50-meter freestyle event in 25.48 seconds behind Singaporean gold medalist Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (25.06) and Thai silver medalist Jenjira Srisasard (25.32).

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