Pinay swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi gets bronze medal after controversial ruling robs her of SEA Games gold medal
What a bummer! (But, congratulations for being such a good sport anyway.)
ABS-CBNnews.com reports: "Filipina swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi ended up with a bronze medal in the December 13 re-race of the 100m freestyle event at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, a day after her gold-medal finish was forfeited."
This time around, Thailand’s Nathanan Junkrajang won the gold medal, while Singapore’s Tien Wen Quah got the silver medal. It was Thailand’s team that protested the result of the first race, saying that Alkhaldi had a "false start." (A "false start" is a movement made by a participant before the signal is given.)
The report noted: "The Philippines appealed the result of the first race, asking the SEA Games committee to explain the basis of the decision on the alleged ’false start.’" Swimming coach Pinky Brosas said the deck officials overseeing the event would have acted had there been a false start.
In any case, Pinoys still praised Alkhaldi for being a good sport despite the controversy over her win.
In the first race, where Alkhaldi had won the gold, the silver medal was bagged by Singapore’s Tien Wen Quah. The bronze medal then was won by Amanda Xiang Qi Lim, who is also from Singapore.
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