Jasmine Alkhaldi

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Jasmine Alkhaldi
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Personal information
Full nameJasmine Alkhadi
NationalityPhilippines Filipino
Born (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 26)
Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines[1]
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight137 lb (62 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubAyala Harpoons
CoachArchimedes Lim (2018)

Jasmine Alkhaldi is a Filipino swimmer who represented the Philippines in the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Rio.[2] She holds the Philippine women's record in the 200, 100, 50 metre freestyle and 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre butterfly events.[3] At the club level Alkhaldi swims for the Ayala Harpoons.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Alkhaldi was born in Parañaque to a Filipino mother from Cebu and a Saudi Arabian father.[1][5] She has a brother and a sister. Alkhaldi attended University of Hawai'i where she graduated in 2016 with a business degree majoring in management and marketing.[6]

Swimming career[edit]

Prior to her participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Alkhaldi held the Philippines women's record in the 100 metre butterfly and 50 metre butterfly.[1][3] Her personal best swimming times included the following.[7] In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Alkhaldi swam the 100 metre freestyle in 57.13 seconds, placing 34th out of 50 competitors.[5] She also participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8]

Alkhaldi has also participated in the Asian Games, particularly in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 editions.[4]

In the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, Alkhaldi swam the 100 metre freestyle in a time of 56.65, winning the gold medal, however, the technical committee annulled the results because of a false start. In the re-swim, she placed third and received bronze with a time of 56.63. She also won the 100 metre butterfly receiving the bronze medal. On the next edition of the regional games held in Singapore in 2015, she swam the 50 metre butterfly in 27.47, 100 metre freestyle in 56.10 and 200 metre freestyle in 2.00.84 where she beat the Philippine National Record also getting three bronze medals in these event. She ranked 4th in 4 × 100 metre freestyle with a time of 3.53.57 with Hannah Dato, Elizabeth Jordana and Roxanne Ashley Yu beating the previous Philippine national record of 3.56.20, clocked last in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.

In October 2018, she was reportedly aiming to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics and preparing for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. In 2018, she has secured support from private sponsors; from Cecilio Pedro of Hapee in early 2018[9] and Ever Bilena in October 15.[10] Alkhaldi as of this time is being trained by Archie Lim of the Ayala Harpoons club and former national coach.[6]

Alkhaldi became the sole Filipino to qualify for the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China. She qualified by recording a time of 55.54 in the 100-m freestyle finals in the Singapore leg of the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in November surpassing the qualifying time of 55.66.[4]

Popularity[edit]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Alkhaldi became popular in online Saudi Arabian social networks, because she was a woman of Saudi Arabian origin who competed in the Olympic Games.[1][11] Sarah Attar and Wojdan Shaherkani were the first women to compete in Olympic competition for Saudi Arabia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Suhaimi, Ahmed (30 July 2012). "Arab fans show big support to Saudi-Filipino swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi". Al Arabiya. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ "P-Noy dares Olympians: 'Surprise the world'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 1 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Filipino Olympian: Jasmine Alkhaldi". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Liwanag, Lils (5 December 2018). "Pinay Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi qualifies for FINA World Swimming Championship". ABS-CBN Sports. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (3 August 2012). "Alkhaldi to focus on strength training". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (11 October 2018). "Jasmine Alkhaldi sets sights on SEAG, Olympics". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "2011-2012 Women's Swimming & Diving Roster". University of Hawai'i Athletics. 2011. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  8. ^ Ramos, Gerry (24 November 2018). "Jasmine Alkhaldi lone Filipino to qualify for FINA World Championships". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ Yalung, Brian (16 October 2018). "Fire and Passion fuel Alkhaldi". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ Bacnis, Justine (17 October 2018). "Blackwater set to name Ariel Vanguardia as alternate governor". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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