The main objective of the PH swimming team at the 19th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Championships will be to break further national records.
Two-time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi left for Budapest, Hungary late Tuesday, and will meet with US-based Miranda Rainer and Jonathan Cook at a meeting of the world’s best swimmers starting Saturday.
In the tri-Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Alkhaldi won the women’s 50m freestyle, Rainer won the women’s 50m butterfly and Cook won the men’s 200m breaststroke.
They are joined by Philippine Swimming Inc. President Lailani Velasco and national team coach Sherwin John Santiago.
“The FINA World Championships are the Olympics of swimming. Most of the world’s top talent will be there. As such, we have a decent goal to meet, “said Velasco, who met with President Duterte just hours before his departure for a final visit to the National Academy of Sports in New Clark City, the capital of Tarlac.
According to Velasco, the goal is to keep pace with the pace the country has gained at the recent 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the Philippine women’s 200m backstroke won three silver and one gold medal, courtesy of Chloe Ailetta. Number of bronze medals.
“I’m also optimistic that the three most competitive swimmers in the world could set a few more national records if not the individual best,” Velasco said.
Velasco noted that the primary goal was to get Alkhaldi, Renner and Cook into the top 16 in their respective events.
“We hope to qualify for the semifinals (top 16). From there, we’ll see what our swimmers will do, “Velasco said.
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