Chloe Isleta wins PH’s first swimming gold in Vietnam SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) – Chloe Isleta became the first Filipino swimmer to win gold in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Monday at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Isleta is the first Filipina swimmer to win the gold medal in the biennial sports event since 1993, when Akiko Thomson ruled the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events.

Isleta clocked in two minutes and 18.60 seconds to rule the women’s 200-meter backstroke event.

The De La Salle University tanker bounced back from her near-podium finish in the women’s 50-meter backstroke event on Sunday, where her compatriot Jessica Geriane won the silver medal on the way to breaking the national record.

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Indonesia’s Nurul Fajar Fitriyati bagged the silver medal with a time of two minutes and 19.79 seconds, while Thailand’s Mia Millar clinched the bronze medal with two minutes and 19.90 seconds.

Isleta took home a bronze medal in the same event during the 2019 SEA Games held in Capas, Tarlac.

Meanwhile, four other Filipino swimmers competed in the finals of their respective categories but failed to land a podium finish.

Xiandi Chua and Adrian Eichler placed seventh in the women’s 200-meter freestyle final and men’s 400-meter freestyle final, respectively.

The duo of Jerard Jacinto and Jonathan Cook ranked sixth in the men’s 4x100 medley relay.