Filipina swimmer stripped of gold in SEAG
|Filipino Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.|
MYANMAR - A Filipina swimmer won first place in the Southeast Asian Games but was stripped of the gold following a protest from Thai officials.
National swimmer Jasmin Alkhaldi bagged a gold medal after she overcame her Singaporean rivals during the 100-meter freestyle race.
But right after the awarding ceremony, her win was forfeited after Thailand's camp protested about a "false start."
Organizers upheld the protest and stripped Alkhaldi of the win.
A re-race has been set at 7:30 pm Manila time.
Alkhaldi represented the Philippines in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She holds the Philippine record for the 100-m and 50-m butterfly and won three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Age Group Championships in 2011.