The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands, so it’s no wonder the Philippines produces a lot of great swimmers. And did you know a few of the competitive swimmers that have represented the Philippines throughout the years have been Chinoy?
Here are some of them:
Raphael Matthew Chua
This former swimmer specialized in breaststroke events. He is a two-time medalist in the 2005 SEA Games that took place in Manila. He even represented the Philippines in the Olympics that was held in Athens in August of 2004. His goals were to win a gold medal at the SEA Games, to make it to the finals in the Asian Games, and to place in the top 16 at the Olympics. He may have only achieved one of these goals during his career, “but I think it was a good dream to always have in my head,” he said.
Yu won three bronze medals in the 2015 SEA Games held in Singapore. They were for the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and the 4 x 100m medley relay. She attended British International School in Phuket Thailand and competed for JSA Aquatics in Phukent from 2013 to 2015. She then swam for the Philippines’ All-Star Swim Team and was the lone Filipino qualifier to get to the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014.
Xiandi helped earn the Philippines a bronze medal at the 2019 SEA Games for the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. Xiandi also broke two long-standing records in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa where she represented the NCR. This Philippine tanker is merely 20 years old, so we look forward to her bagging more medals in the future!
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