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Mojdeh carves mark in the World Championship

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The eight-man Philippine Junior swimming team failed to bring home any medals, but gained experience and respect from seasoned rivals at the recently concluded 8th World Junior Swimming Championship in Lima, Peru.

Nicknamed the ‘Water Beast’, Michaela Jasmine Mojdeh became the most impressive Pinoy campaigner in the prestigious tournament that featured the best young swimmers in the world when she advanced to the 16-man semifinals of the girls 100-m butterfly with a time of 1:03.82.

Philippine Swimming Inc. has yet to make an official statement, but based on the pronouncement  of the local online site, the 15-year-old Mojdeh is the second Filipino to reach the semifinals of the World Championship.

The Grade 10 student at the International School  fell short on her bid to make it to the  Finals after placing 13th, but managed to improved his qualifying time and set her personal best with clocking of  1:03.43.

“The record is no longer important. It’s a blessing that Jasmine reached the semifinals. At this high level of competition, we are super proud of his achievement,” said Joan, Mojdeh’s mother who is considered a protégé of the late Asian Games bronze medalist Susan Papa.

With Papa’s guidance, Mojdeh dominated the junior competition in the country and created a National record while competing in international competitions.

The Philippine Junior Swimming Team

Aside from Mojdeh, the team includes her Swimming League Philippines – Behrouz Elite Swimming Team (SLP-BEST) teammates  Amina Bungubong and siblings Ruben and Heather White, as well as Mishka Sy, Gian Santos, Alexander Eichler and Joshua Ang.

Mojdeh also participated in the 4×100 freestyle relay where the Filipino managed to get the 10th place out of 13 teams with a time of 4:08.89, while in the Mixed Quartet the White siblings together with Bungubung and Santos finished 14th place among 24 participants with a time of 3:51.04.

Eichler finished 23rd out of 36 participants in the 200m Butterfly with a time of 2:07.98; while Santos posted a time of 16:42.57 in the 1500m Freestyle event for 17th place out of 26 participants.

Heather and Bungubong placed 21st and 47th, respectively, with times of 27.40 and 28.84, while Santos placed 29th out of 37 participants in the Boys 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:49.80.

Japan led the medal tally with 19 medals, including seven gold and eight silver.

Nikolett Padar of Hungary and Kwasery Masiuk of Poland were named the most decorated athletes (female and male) for winning five and four gold medals, respectively.

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