For the second time, Khader Baqleh has narrowly missed out on a swimming medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
The 19-year-old University of Florida student finished a credible fifth in an exciting 100m Freestyle final that was won by Japan’s Shinri Shiouta in a time of 48.71 seconds.
His teammate Katsumi Nakamura came in second, with China’s Hexin Yu picking up bronze.
Baqleh clocked a new Jordan record time of 49.10 seconds to come home in fifth, adding to his fourth place finish in the 200m final earlier in the week.
He was the joint fastest qualifier for the final after winning his heat in a time of 49.30, which gave him the sought-after lane four. But he couldn’t quite find the extra speed in the final metres to make the podium.
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