Ajido creates more ripples in Asian meet

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
Ajido creates more ripples in Asian meet
Top junior swimmer Jamesray Ajido with PSI president Miko Vargas (right) and secretary general Rep. Eric Buhain.
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CAPAS, Tarlac , Philippines —  Still euphoric over his recent golden feat, Filipino tanker Jamesray Ajido continued to perform well and earned two more shots at a medal in making the finals of the boys’ 50-meter butterfly and 100m backstroke in the 11th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships at the New Clark City yesterday.

The 15-year-old Ajido registered the third fastest time in the 50m fly with 26.12 seconds and was seventh best in the 100m back with 1:03.72 during the morning heats, putting him in prime position to claim more hardwares.

On Tuesday, the La Salle Greenhills standout pocketed the 50m freestyle bronze before delivering a tidal wave of a performance with a historic gold effort in 100m butterfly.

Now the ASEAN Age Group double-gold winner will try to carry the momentum of his magnificence and try to give the country, which has a gold and three bronzes thus far, more reasons to celebrate.

“Susubukan po natin ulit,” said the soft-spoken NCAA golden boy.

Also eyeing a place in the sun were Fil-Brit Heather White and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, who accounted for a bronze each in the 100m and 200m fly Wednesday.

White, 16, was third in the 100m free in 58.57, while Mojdeh was seventh in the 50m fly in 29.66.

Also booking finals tickets were Patricia Mae Santor (girls 200m breaststroke), Kacie Gabrielle Tionko (girls’ 200m back), Elijah Ebayan (boys 50m fly), Regina Maria Paz Castrillo and Alyza Paige Ng (girls 50m fly), and Albert Jose Amaro II (boys 50m fly).

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