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2021 SEA Games

SEA Games: Chloe Isleta ends PH women’s swimming 29-year gold drought

The 29-year-old gold medal drought for Filipina swimmers is finally over.

Chloe Isleta conquered the women’s 200-meter backstroke event of the 31st Southeast Asian Games with a time of 2:18.60, Monday at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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This is the first time a Filipino female brought home a SEA Games title since Akiko Thompson ruled the very same event in the 1993 Singapore Games, along with the 100-meter event of the same stroke.

Isleta, who made a good run in the World Swimming Championships (25m) last year, earlier topped the preliminaries with 2:25.14.

This is also the country’s 30th gold here in Vietnam.

Indonesia’s Nurul Fajar Fitriyati finished with the silver with 2:19.79, while Thailand’s Mia Millar took the bronze with 2:19.90.

Isleta and Jess Geriane, who won silver in the 50-meter event, will both compete in the 100-meter on Tuesday.

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