Lacuna bows out of Olympic swimming


Posted at Jul 30 2012 09:10 AM | Updated as of Jul 31 2012 09:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Jessie Khing Lacuna ended his Olympic campaign after he failed to qualify to the semi-finals of the men's 200-meter freestyle in the 2012 London Games.

The 18-year-old Lacuna wound up in fifth place in his heat with a time of 1:52.91. He was more than 3 seconds off the heat winner, Matias Koski of Finland.

Lacuna finished in 36th place in a field of 40 swimmers.

Only the top 16 swimmers advanced to the semi-finals, with the 8 fastest in the semi-finals moving on to the final round.

China’s Sun Yang was fastest in the heats, with a time of 1:46.24, followed by the United States' Ryan Lochte (1:46.45).

The Bulacan native Lacuna qualified for the Olympics after a strong performance in the 2011 World Championships. He also holds the Philippine record for the 200-meter freestyle (1:50.90).

Another Filipino swimmer, Jasmine Alkhaldi, will begin her Olympic campaign on August 1 in the 100-meter freestyle.