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Jessie Khing de Guzman Lacuna

  • Team: Pulilan, Bulacan Philippines
  • Sport: Swimming
  • Date of birth: December 23, 1993
  • Discipline: Freestyle and Butterfly

Biography

Jessie was born a swimmer. He learned swimming even before he started walking. When he was 3 months old, his parents would be surprised seeing him crawling towards the pool.

At an early age of 6, Jessie already participated as an exhibition swimmer in a local competition wherein he finished 2nd. It didn't take long for the national swimming association to notice him and invited him to be a member of the national training pool.

In 2008 at the age of 14, Jessie competed in his first international competition, the Southeast Asian (SEA) Age Group Swimming Championships where he made a very remarkable finish winning 2 gold, 2 silvers and a bronze medal

In 2009, Jessie represented the country in 2 international meets. He competed at the 1st Asian Youth Games wherein he surfaced 7th in the finals of the 100m Freestyle. Later in the year at the 25th SEA Games, he formed part of the relay team who won silver at the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.

2012 was a big year for Jessie as he competed in the State Age Championships in Australia and won 3 medals. He also trained in the country for more than 6 weeks in preparation for the 41st Singapore Nationals, a qualifying meet for the 1st Youth Olympic Games. At the Singapore Nationals, clocking his best times in all events, he won 3 gold and a silver medal and set a new national record for the 200m Freestyle.

Jessie is the first male Filipino swimmer who participated at the Youth Olympic Games. He did a very promising performance in this competition finishing 8th at the finals of the 200m Freestyle, a history for the country being the first Filipino athlete who made to the finals of an Olympic swimming event after 50 years. In November 2010 at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, he was part of the relay team who came 4th at the 4x200m Freestyle relay after Korea.

In 2011, Jessie joined his last SEA Age Group Meet in Vietnam where he won 3 silvers and a bronze. A first for this young lad, he joined in his FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai the same year. He also competed at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia and won his first individual medal of the games, a silver for his favorite event, the 200m Freestyle. He also won 2 bronze medals for the 4x200m and 4x100m Freestyle Relay events.

Records Held

Philippines:
200m Freestyle
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

Achievements

National Record Holder in 200m Freestyle

2012

London Olympics

36th 200m Freestyle

2011

SEA Age Group Swimming
Championships

2nd 200m Freestyle
2nd 200m Butterfly
2nd 100m Butterfly
3rd 400m Freestyle

FINA World Swimming
Championships

36th 200m Freestyle
40th 200m Butterfly
3rd 200m freestyle

26th SEA Games

2nd 200m Freestyle
3rd 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
3rd 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

2010

State Age Championships

1st 200m Freestyle
2nd 100m Butterfly
3rd 100m Freestyle

Singapore National Championships

1st 200m Freestyle - Philippine Record
1st100m Freestyle
1st 200m Butterfly
2nd 400m Freestyle

SEA Age Group Swimming
Championships

1st 400m Freestyle
1st 200m Freestyle
1st 100m Freestyle
1st 50m Freestyle
2nd 100m Butterfly

1st Youth Olympic Games

Finalist 200m Freestyle
19th 100m Freestyle
20th 200m Butterfly

Asian Games

14th 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Philippine record

2009

Asian Youth Games

Finalist 100m Freestyle

SEA Age Group Swimming Championships

2nd 200m Freestyle
2nd 100m Freestyle

25th SEA Games

2nd 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay- Philippine Record
Finalist 200m Freestyle
Finalist 400m Freestyle
Finalist 100m Butterfly

2008

SEA Age Group Swimming Championships

1st 400m Freestyle
1st 200m Freestyle
2nd 100m Butterfly
2nd 200m Butterfly
3rd 100m Freestyle