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Isleta makes waves

Chloe Isleta may have set new Philippine short course records after the first leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2022 at the Schwimm-und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark in Berlin, Germany held from 21 to 23 October.

Isleta, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist posted 59.64 seconds in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, eclipsing the one minute and .42 second clocking that she set last year at the 2021 FINA World Championships in Abu Dhabi.

She also smashed the 2:14.72 set by Roxanne Yu at the 2014 World Championships after clocking in 2:09.18 in the 200m backstroke.

The 24-year-old De La Salle University swimmer also shattered the 100m individual medley with a time of 1:01.96 and surpassing the 1:04.82 mark by Evangelio Dato set in 2014.

Isleta is slated to join all three legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup with the second leg being held in Toronto from 28 to 30 October and the third and final leg in Indianapolis in the United States from 3 to 5 November.

Philippine Swimming Inc. manager Aldo Tong said while the times are still being checked, having Isleta compete in the tournament will give her more chances to improve.

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