NEW CLARK City, Capas, Tarlac -- The Philippines nabbed one bronze medal on the second day of the swimming competition of the Southeast Asian Games. Nicole Oliva, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua, and Remedy Rule led the Philippines to the bronze in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay with an 8:15.46 finish, behind Singapore's 8:07.00, a new SEA Games record.
Singapore was the biggest winners of the day, adding four golds, and two silvers to their medal count. Singapore's Joseph Schooling, the defending champion of the men's 50m butterfly in the Olympics and of the SEA Games, finished second to teammate Teong Tzen Wei. Schooling was 0.06 seconds longer than Teong's 25.55-second tally.
Although not able to land in the podium with a fifth-place result, Luke Gebbie broke the Philippine record in the men's 50m backstroke, with a 24.34-second finish. He erased his 24.59 mark, which he set earlier in the day at the qualifiers.
The 26-year-old Alkhaldi, meanwhile, was outside looking in, in the women's 50m backstroke, notching fourth in an event conquered by Elena Pedersen of Singapore, who finished at 29.40 ticks.
In the other events, Desirae Mangaoang narrowly missed on third in the women's 200m backstroke, which was won by Christie Chue of Singapore.
Huy Hoang Nguyen of Vietnam set a new SEA Games record in the men's 1500m freestyle, setting a new SEA Games of 14.58.14. Alberto Batungbacal ended up sixth at 16:39.73.
Vietnamese tanker Hung Nguyen Tran was awarded the gold in the men's 200m individual medley with a finish of 2:02.56. Filipino Thomas Peregrina, meanwhile, ended up sixth at 2:05.36.
The third day of the meet will be Friday, which will feature the much-awaited diving competition.