Lost by fingernails? Pinay swimmer jokes trimmed nails cost her SEA Games gold

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2019 01:44 PM

Remedy Rule during SEA Games 2019 women's 200m butterfly swimming in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac on December 4, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

NEW CLARK CITY -- She was poised to capture the first gold of the Philippines in swimming after a decade but Remedy Rule fell short in ruling the women's 200-meter butterfly to settle for a bridesmaid finish on Wednesday at the Aquatics Center. 

Rule lost by two-hundreths of a second to Singapore's Jing Wen Quah, who eclipsed the Fil-Am tanker with 2:10.97, a new Southeast Asian Games record. 

So close that the crowd went wild in the last 25 meters, during which, Rule admitted, she tried to catch up with the Singaporean and almost stole the gold. 

"I shouldn't have cut my finger nails the other day," Rule kiddingly told media after the awarding ceremony. 

It may sound like a joke but it could have spelled a difference in swimming. 

The tanker was the placed in Lane 4 in the finals as she topped the preliminaries, clocking 2:11.91. 

She had another disappointing finish when she landed fourth in the women's 100-meter freestyle to miss the podium. Rule was beaten out by the Ting Wen Quah and Cherlyn Yeoh of Singapore, and compatriot Jasmin Alkhaldi. 

Despite the heartbreak, Rule remained thankful to the Filipino crowd for their strong support during the competition. 

"It feels great. The Philippines is gving me so much when I represent them. I met amazing people and I'm glad I gave back by winning silver," the Fil-Am tanker shared. 

She is still optimistic she can secure the elusive gold in her other events. 

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