Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna 'makes history'

Rick Olivares

Posted at Jul 26 2016 09:43 PM | Updated as of Jul 27 2016 11:05 AM

Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna prepares to take a dip. Photo by Archie Lim

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Swimmer Jessie Lacuna “made history” by being the first athlete to use the pool that will be available to all Olympic swimmers for training. 

Eager to get into the flow of things on the Philippine delegation’s first full day in Brazil, Lacuna went for some training.

“Sarado pa yung main pool,” related Philippine national team swimming coach Archie Lim, "but we used the ‘training’ pool that was very nice. And nasabihan pa kami na historic daw kasi we were the first ones to used the pool (hence ‘history)”.

“We encountered some problems with the transportation,” added Lim to the seemingly never-ending litany of problems in the Olympic Village. 

Last Saturday, the Australian delegation declared the units assigned to them “unliveable” due to the exposed wiring, poor water pressure, leaking pipes and toilets, and dark hallways. 

The Olympic pool in Brazil. Photo by Archie Lim

British athletes also reported the same problems in their dorm at the Olympic Village. 

“Schedules were not followed, and dahil na they cannot speak English well, nahihirapan din kami. Mali napuntahan namin ni Jessie nung una for training, but finally we were able to get to the venue and train."

“Jasmine (Alkhaldi, the Philippines’ other swimmer) just arrived on Monday and she is also supposed to do some training today.”

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