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SEA Games: Swimming Breakthrough, as Chloe Isleta Wins Backstroke Gold

Chloe Isleta won the women’s 200m backstroke at My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi on Monday, giving the Philippines its first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games.

PH gets 1 silver, 2 bronze on 3rd day of SEA Games swimming - SUNSTAR

The Filipina from San Jose, California, won in 2 minutes and 18.6 seconds, beating out Indonesia’s Nurul Fajar Fitriyati (2:19.79) and Thailand’s Mia Millar (2:19.9).

This is the first time a Filipino female has won a SEA Games title since Akiko Thompson won the same event and the 100-meter event of the same stroke in 1993 in Singapore.

Isleta shatters nat'l swimming record – Daily Tribune

Isleta, who competed in the World Swimming Championships (25m) last year, had previously led the preliminaries with a time of 2:25.14.

This is also the 30th gold medal here in Vietnam.

Nurul Fajar Fitriyati of Indonesia claimed silver with a time of 2:19.79, while Thailand’s Mia Millar took bronze with a time of 2:19.90.

Isleta and Jess Geriane, both silver medalists in the 50-meter event, will race in the 100-meter on Tuesday.

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