Pinoy tankers abroad to compete in Vietnam

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    SWIMMING president Lani Velasco yesterday said Filipino swimmers based overseas have given their assurance that they are committed to see action in the 31st Vietnam Southeast Asian Games in November.

    “James Deiparine, Remedy Rule, Nicole Oliva and Oliva have assured us that they want to represent the country in the SEA Games in Hanoi,” Velasco said of the tankers who led the country’s campaign in the 30th SEA Games swimming competitions in 2019.

    Deiparine led the way, breaking a 10-year-old swimming drought in the games by ruling the men’s 100-meter breast stroke even in a new SEA Games and national record of 1 minute and .01.46 seconds and came with striking distance of the Olympic qualifying time of 59.93 seconds. He also had a silver in the men’s 50-meter breast stroke race with a time of 28.32 seconds, narrowly losing to Singapore’s Lionel Khoo (28.15).

    In all, national tankers emerged from the New Clark City Aquatic Center pool in Capas, Tarlac with a haul of one gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.

    Rule bagged a pair of silvers and bronzes in her SEA Games debut for the Philippines, setting a new national record of 2:10.99 with her runner-up finish in the women’s 200-meter butterfly event, which she reset to 2:09.58 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Desmoines, Iowa in March 2020.

    Her latest national record is close to the Olympic qualifying mark of 2:08.43.

    Freestyle specialist Gebbie, who is training in Australia, bagged an individual bronze in the men’s 50-meter freestyle in a new national mark of 22.62 second and also added a silver to his collection as the national squad placed second in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a new national standard of 3:22.32.