Jessie Lacuna

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Jessie Lacuna
Personal information
Full name Jessie de Guzman Lacuna
Nickname(s) Jessie, Khing
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1993-12-23) December 23, 1993 (age 20)
Pulilan, Bulacan
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) (2012)
Weight 65 kilograms (143 lb) (2012)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, butterfly, freestyle
Club Bulacan Bullsharks Swimming Club, Philippine Aquatic Sports Association Inc.
Coach Carlos Brosas

Jessie Khing Lacuna (/ləˈkj.nə/,la-KOH-na, born December 23, 1993) is a Filipino swimmer who competes in the freestyle and butterfly events.[1] He has, overall, won 26 Gold medals in Philippine Olympic Games and 7 in SEA Age Group Swimming Championship, he represented the country Philippines in Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games.[2]

Lacuna has a total of 51 gold medals consist of 35 at national and 16 at international titles.[2] He also qualified as universality in FINA in 200 meters Freestyle at the 1st SEA Swim Championships.[3] He had timed at 1:53.84 in which he ranked first as of in the Philippines' federation.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lacuna was born and raised in Paltao, Pulilan, Bulacan Philippines.[1] His potential in swimming was discovered when he was a child, through the neighboring resort where he often swims with his parents since he was months old.[2] His parents made him wear inflatable armband that helps him paddle on water.[2] This soon became his pastime.[1] At the age of 6, he already started joining swimming competitions at school.[2]

In 2001, Lacuna had his first national competition at the age 8 that raps gold medals in the event 100 meter freestyles.[5] His first winning on national events takes him constant into various national competitions includes Philippine Olympic Games.[2] Bulacan BullSharks Swimming Club was lacuna’s first swimming club attendance where he competes as a high school at Bulacan State University Laboratory High School, division in 2005.[1][2]

Until turning college, the Philippine Olympic Committee recognizes Lacuna’s overall 32 gold medals in the Philippine Olympic Games and other local swimming competitions.[1] He joined the national club in the Philippines which molds athletes into international prospects. This then leads him to entering the Asian Games.[2]


Batang Pinoy National Championship[edit]

Medal record
Batang Pinoy National Championship – Boy's Swimming
Competitor for the Philippines
Gold 100 m Butterfly 1:02.71 (2001)
Silver 200 m Freestyle 2:05.35 (2001)
Silver 200 m Freestyle (UNK) (2002)
Silver 100 m Freestyle (UNK) (2003)
Bronze 200 m Butterfly (UNK) (2003)

The first nationals competition had lacuna raced is the 2nd event of Batang Pinoy National Championship held in Laguna.[5] He set his record as one of a youngest gold grabber in the competition, composed of a gold at 1:02.71 time in the event 100 LC Meter Butterfly and silver with 2:05.35 in 200 LC Meter Freestyle.[2] His winning meets grant of “Dangal ng Pulilan Awardee” in Pulilan, Bulacan.[2]

Nevertheless, at the 3rd Batang Pinoy National Championship in Bacolod City, lacuna upshots only one silver medal at the event.[2] Consequently, he gains a silver and bronze at 4th Batang Pinoy in Puerto Princessa, Palawan competition.[2]

Philippine Olympic Festivals[edit]

Medal record
Philippine Olympic Festivals – Boy's Swimming
Competitor for the Philippines
Gold 400 Individual Medley (UNK) (2007)
Gold 400 m Freestyle (UNK) (2007)
Silver 200 m Backstroke (UNK) (2007)
Bronze 200 m Breaststroke (UNK) (2007)
Gold 200 m Butterfly (UNK) (2007)
Gold 100 m Freestyle (UNK) (2007)
Gold 400 Individual Medley 5:11.53 (2008)
Gold 400 m Freestyle 4:36.69(2008)
Gold 200 m Backstroke 2:26.39(2008)
Gold 200 m Breaststroke 2:48.14(2008)
Gold 200 m Butterfly 2:19.53(2008)
Gold 100 m Freestyle 56.54(2008)

At Nationals, Lacuna was bestowed the Most Valuable Player award in the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival. He earned manifold medals composed of 13 gold medals in the events 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 50m freestyle.[2][6][7] Although, that time lacuna was expecting only 11 gold to bring home,[8] however, the two breaststroke events was folded gold at 100m and 200m breaststroke. He joins as his first entry in Philippine Olympic Festival competitions represented in Bulacan which where held at Vigan, Ilocos Sur in 2007.[2]

The Philippine Olympic Festival in 2008 held in Olongapo City, lacuna bagged 13 gold same in the former game event.[9] He races the events of 400 Individual Medley, 400 m Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 200 m Breaststroke, 200 m Butterfly and 100 m Freestyle.[2]

Palarong Pambansa[edit]

At 49th Palarong Pambansa, lacuna adds two gold, two silvers and bronze in 2006 held in Naga City.[10] He swims in 100 LC Meter Backstroke where he gains silver at 1:09.67, 50 LC Meter Butterfly with bronze at 00:30.15 times, in 100 Long Course Meter Freestyle he gains gold at 1:01.41 and 100 LC Meter Butterfly silvered at 1:05.62.[10] In 400 LC Meter Medley Relay, Lacuna grouped Gerard Gelanga, Gene Ryan Ebue and Fritz Marnold Agapay who are at 4th where 5:12.43 in final time.[10] Nevertheless, in final results lacuna have headed the golds.[2]

In his second event to compete in Palarong Pambansa 2007 at Koronadal City, Cotabato, he picks up only 3 bronze.[11] Hither, on the other hand lacuna bestowed “CLRAA Consistent Highest Pointer” as of Most Valuable Player in swimming where his points from 3rd Grade school to High school made him focal by region.[2]

2011 Philippine National Games[edit]

Medal record
Philippine National Games – Men's Swimming
Competitor for the Philippines
Gold 200 m Freestyle 1:55.94
Gold 100 m Breaststroke 1:11.21
Gold 50 m Freestyle 25.02
Gold 200 m Individual Medley 2:11.76
Gold 50 m Breaststroke 31.89
Silver 200 m Medley Relay 2:30.67

At the first country show of Philippine National Games competition in 2011, Lacuna performs concludes 6 gold medals and silver.[12] He attains swimming at Bacolod, Panaad Swimming Pool where he compete in the events 200 m Freestyles, 100 m breastroke, 50 m Freestyles.[13]

In first day event, lacuna has smooth flawless finals time, he played in 200 LC Meter Freestyle at 1:55.94 that best a qualifying entry-time.[14] Also, he includes gold in the event 100 LC Meter Breaststroke at the time of 1:11.21 and 50 LC Meter Freestyle event that clocked at 00:25.02.[14]

At Nationals day two, in the event 200 LC Meter Individual Medley he has gold at 2:11.76 time with a straight winning of 50 LC Meter Breaststroke at 00:31.89 clocked.[1] However, he chucked silver in position of 200 LC Meter Medley Relay at 2:30.67 which he grouped his brother Dexter John Lacuna also includes John Philip Castillo and Armand Joshua Reyes who are compete as a Bulucan competitors in the event.[15]

SEA Games[edit]

At the 25th Southeast Asian Games, lacuna silvered the 4×200m Freestyle Relay.[1] His 7:31.10 times is a trial in his first joining SEA Games where held in Vientiane, Laos.[16] Lacuna batched Ryan Arabejo, Charles Walker, and Miguel Molina in Philippine Team.[17]

In 2011, the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia are his second combat to excel medals.[18] However, he represented the Philippines with silver as of 1:52.23 in the event 200m freestyle.[19] Also, he adds two bronze at 4×100m and 4 ×200m Freestyle Relays.[20]

Lacuna sets his new national(Philippine) record in 2013 Southeast Asian Games. He clocked 00:51.52 seconds in 100 meter freestyles but fall through finishes 5th in finals.[21]

2011 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

In 14th FINA World Championship in Shanghai, China in 2011, Lacuna however only hits heats qualifier wherein he did not advance at the competition.[22] He had rank 40 in Men's 200m Freestyle at 1:52.27, rank 36 in the event 200m Butterfly at 2:04.23.[22] Indeed, he represents as a Philippine competitor who buckle-up to raise its mark.[23]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Lacuna[24] was his Olympic debut participation in one swimming event, the 200-meter freestyle competition.[25] The Philippine Olympic Committee sent him to London after he was given a wild-card slot. Lacuna then was currently holding the record as the fastest Filipino swimmer,[26] wherein he added two gold medals to his[27] national games haul, and will also the youngest Filipino contingent participating in the 2012 London Olympic games.[24]

On July 29, 2012 at the London Aquatics Centre, Lacuna raced in heat 2 where he opposed Matias Koski (Finland), Radovan Siljevski (Serbia), Mario Montoya (Costa Rica), Sebastian Jahnsen Madico (Peru) and Raul Martinez Colomer (Puerto Rico).[28] Nevertheless, at the heat's results, Lacuna made ranked 36 that clocked 1:54.23 with difference at +3.07 where he swim short course racing at lane 6.[28]

On the event, at 50 meters, he contest smooth in rank 3 that clocked 26:03 seconds.[28][29] At 100 meters, he climbs in rank 2 timed at 53:82 seconds on splitting of 27.79 seconds.[28] Underway, he is flawless over rank 2 at 150 meters timed at 1 minute and 22.67 seconds with a split of 28.85 where he countered Peru in the chase.[28] However, lacuna concludes time at 1:52.91 where he ranked 5 of the heat with splitting time of 30.24.[28] Consequentially, he is at 36th in the results wherein he did not qualify for semi-finals.[30] In contrast, lacuna's coach, Pinky Brosas stated that he was speedy at 100 meters but race inconsistent at the rest meters,[31] coach Brosas adds through Lacuna's excitement and adrenaline-rush was his grounds to speed on the first half,[29] although, he was in the mark of his presentation to learn the consequence.[32]

2013 Philippine National Games[edit]

In the 2013 Philippine National Games, Lacuna bags 9 gold medals that was includes 100-meter butterfly with 58.62 seconds, 200m individual medley in 2:13.39 minutes, 50m freestyle in 24.64 seconds and 100m breaststroke in 1:11.55 minutes.[33]


Personal's Best[edit]

Event Time Competition Location Date
200m Butterfly 2:03.01 Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships[34]  Singapore 2010
400m Freestyle 3:59.75 Asian Games[35]  China 2010
200m Freestyle 1:50.90 Youth Olympic Games[36]  Singapore 2010
100m Freestyle 00:52.10 Southeast Asian Federation Championship[37]  Singapore 2012
50 m Freestyle 00:24.44 Southeast Asian Age Group[38]  Philippines 2010

International Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 2013 Southeast Asian Games Naypyidaw, Myanmar 6th 100 m Freestyle 00:51.52
2012 11th FINA World Swimming Championships Istanbul, Turkey 56th 200 m Freestyle 01:54.18
74th 100 m Freestyle 00:51.57
2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 36th 200 m Freestyle 01:52.91
Southeast Asian Federation Championship[39] Singapore 9th 100 m Freestyle 00:52.10
2011 2011 Southeast Asian Games Palembang, Indonesia 2nd 200m freestyle 01:52.23
3rd 4×100m Freestyle Relay 03:27.95
3rd 4×100m Freestyle Relay 07:36.93
14th FINA World Championships[3] Shanghai, China Finisher 200 m Butterfly 02:04.23
Finisher 200 m Freestyle 01:52.27
Southeast Asian Age Group[40] Vietnam 2nd 100 m Freestyle 00:53.12
2nd 200 m Butterfly 02:08.37
2nd 200 m Butterfly 02:08.37
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 6th 4×100m Freestyle Relay 03:27.32
7th 4×100m Freestyle Relay 03:26.90
Youth Olympic Games Singapore 8th 200 m Freestyle 01:50:90
Southeast Asian Age Group[17] Manila, Philippines 1st 200 m Freestyle 01:54.57
1st 100 m Freestyle 00:52.81
1st 400 m Freestyle 04:04.13
1st 50 m Freestyle 00:24.44
2nd 100 m Butterfly 00:57.34
Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships[41] Singapore 1st 200 m Butterfly 02:03.01
1st 100 m Freestyle 00:52.13
1st 100 m Freestyle 00:52.39
2nd 400 m Freestyle 04:03.00
NSW state age championships Sydney, Australia 1st 200 m Freestyle 01:52.55
2nd 100 m Butterfly 00:56.43
3rd 100 m Freestyle 00:52.51
2009 2009 Southeast Asian Games Vientiane, Laos 2nd 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 07:31.10
2009 Asian Youth Games Singapore 7th 100 m Freestyle 00:53.07
SEA Age Group Swimming Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd 200 m Freestyle 01:55.59
4th 400 m Freestyle 04:09.92
2008 SEA Age Group Swimming Championship Bangkok, Thailand 3rd 100 m Freestyle 00:54.85
2nd 200 m Butterfly 02:13.13
2nd 100 m Butterfly 00:58.88
1st 400 m Freestyle 04:13.84
1st 200 m Freestyle 01:58.57

Personal life[edit]

At his growing up, Lacuna’s two elderly brothers, Billy and Dexter who were his inspiration to his determine.[1] He is objective to swim because of his family swimming-zealous and with two brothers who also compete on swimming events.[1] In one side was Lacuna’s motivation in swimming is that his enthuse to other leading swimmer includes Filipino swimmer Akiko Thomson and Eric Buhain, also with Michael Phelps’ arousing contribution on swimming.[42]


In swimming, lacuna suits for a young Filipino athlete physical attribution.[42] His 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) height offers propulsive row reference to a long, thin torso.[24][43] He has maximum thrust that enables him belt up into water. Weighing 65 kilograms (143 lb) provide smooth hydrofoil augmentation on speed.[24][42]

Carlos Brosas[edit]

Lacuna is under Carlos Brosas[43] trainee since he was become a member of national swimming team.[2][43] Brosas was at Trace College coaching in Los Banos, Laguna in Trace Aquatic Sports Complex where Lacuna and Alkhaldi trains and studied.[42] Lacuna stated that Brosas will be his coach at London Olympics.[44]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ World Swimming Rankings FINA Retrieved 13-06-2012
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  19. ^ JVP, (2011) "Bemedalled tanker Molina retires", GMANews.TV Retrieved January 14
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  27. ^ Lagman, Kris (2012) "Lacuna adds two golds to national games haul; Dolloso shatters triple jump mark", InterAKTV Retrieved May 31
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  30. ^ Fopalan, Renee (2012) Olympics: PHL bet Lacuna falls in 200m freestyle qualifiers, GMA News July 30, 2012
  31. ^ Lacuna misses Olympic swimming semifinals Antonio, Joe, Manila Standard Today Retrieved July 30, 2012
  32. ^ Lacuna bows out of Olympic swimming, 07/31/2012
  33. ^ Marc Anthony Reyes (2013)Lacuna nails 9 golds; Fil-Am rips hurdles mark Philippine Daily Inquirer Retrieved June 5
  34. ^ [1]
  35. ^ Swimming - Sport Related Information from the 2010 Asian Games website (; retrieved 2010-11-09.
  36. ^ Youth Olympics Singapore: Aquatics-Swimming Results Singapore (2010)
  37. ^ SEA Swimming Championship (2012) Results
  38. ^ Philippine Team on 2012 London Summer Olympics Miles Zee on July 28, 2012
  39. ^ (2012) "Southeast Asian Federation Championship", Results Retrieval
  40. ^ Vietnam Aquatic Sports Assoc. (2011)"Southeast Asian Age Group", Results Vietnam Retrieved October 06
  41. ^ Singapore Swim Assn-1st S. Asian Champ (2012)"Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships", Results Singapore Retrieved June 13
  42. ^ a b c d Ropeta, Patrick Camara (2012)"Young Filipino swimmers set for Olympic debut", ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau: Global Filipino Retrieved July 19
  43. ^ a b c The Philippine Star (2012)"Nat'l athletes getting taste of Olympics in buildup ", Sports Home Retrieved July 11
  44. ^ Malaya Business Insight (2012)"3 Olympians leave for pre-Games camp", Sports Retrieved 28 June


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