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SEA Games: Alkhaldi gold recalled after Thailand protest; re-swim scheduled

Fight for the gold anew - Jasmine Alkhaldi will need another first-place performance after a Thailand protest was upheld. Vincent Thian / AP Photo

The gold medal of swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi in the 100m freestyle contest of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw was recalled on Thursday night after a protest lodged by Thailand after the event.

The protest was upheld by the jury of appeals and a re-swim of the event will be held Friday night at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Pool.

Thailand claimed its swimmer in the event heard a second horn that signaled a false start, forcing her to stop. However, the remaining swimmers including Alkhaldi went on with the race.

Alkhaldi, a 20-year-old London Olympian, eventually won the event with a time of 56.65 seconds, beating two Singaporeans.

National head coach Pinky Brosas was upset at the decision of the jury of appeals.

“That’s poor officiating,” said Brosas, in an interview with DZSR Sports Radio. “What could have [been] done is put down the 50m flag, which they didn’t.”

Still, Brosas said Alkhaldi will race in the re-swim.

“We have to, for a suggestion of sportsmanship. Wala dapat pikunan kahit masama ang loob natin,” said Brosas, who also said they won’t file their own protest.

“I was advised not to protest because it will also reap negative results. Sinabihan ako na hindi naman lulusot ‘yung protest natin,” Brosas said. - Reuben Terrado, SPIN