Filipino gold medal winner in various competition, Jessie Khing Lacuna is second to fall in the men’s 400m freestyle competition finishing at 6th in heat 2 and 46th out of 50 overall in Rio Olympics Games 2016 at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday 7th August.
23-year-old Lacuna was one of the 50 swimmers to fight for a slot of eight best in the next phase, but finished at 4:01:70 the second worst in heat 2. Although, he started off well and remained at 4th position but fell behind by completing at 6th in 200m. Only top 8 swimmers will move to the final competition.
Lacuna has a personal best record of finishing at 3:59:75 in the 400m freestyle. Cristian Quintero from Venezuela marked the quickest time in heat 2, but ended up at 33rd in the final ranking.
Among top 8 there are two American swimmers – Conor Dwyer at the top with 3:43:42 time and Connor Jaeger at the 7th place with 3:45:37 time. In the finals, Dwyer will have tough bout with Australia’s Mack Horton who finished at 3:43:84 and Italy’s Gabriele Detti who is at 3rd place clocked at 3:43:95. David Mckeon from Australia also moves to final with 5th place marking 3:44:68 timing.
Earlier, Ian Lariba the Philippine’s flag-bearer could not survive against Xing Han of Congo in table tennis singles. Now, Lucana who has 2015 SEA Games record of 2:00:9 for 200m butterfly race moved out of Olympics after the loss. Philippines once took home bunch of medals in swimming and boxing at various events, but currently offering disappointing results.
Team Philippines now only has 11 Filipino left at Rio Olympians to fight for nation’s first Olympic medal in 20 years.
To look ahead, the team has three sports upcoming on Monday:
Boxing Men’s Light Flyweight (46-49kg) – Rogen Ladon vs Yurberjen Herney Martinez (Colombia)
Weightlifting Men’s 56kg – Nestor Colonia
Weightlifting Women’s 53kg – Hidilyn Diaz