The Philippines only ended up with one gold during the six-day swimming competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Outside of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, there was one event that the Philippines almost won gold in — the 200m butterfly.
During the event, Remedy Rule rallied furiously as she tried to catch up to Singapore’s Quah Jing Wen. However, the 23-year-old Filipina-American’s late push was not enough, logging in a national record of two minutes and 10.99 seconds — 0.02 seconds short of Quah’s event-breaking record.
This was the closest race she figured in, eventually ending her ledger with three silvers and two bronzes.
But instead of feeling heartbroken, Rule tried to make light of the loss, quipping:
“I shouldn’t have cut my fingernails the other day.”
Despite the Philippines’ one-gold haul, Rule vows that she will continue representing the country for as long as her body allows her to.
After all, her rookie campaign for Team Pilipinas has been amazing.
“It feels great. The Philippines is giving me so much when I represent them. I met amazing people and I’m glad I gave back by winning silver.”