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Mojdeh grabs spotlight in France meet

European champion Charlotte Bonnet of France and Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh trade caps during the 10th Circle of Swimmers of Melun Val de Seine held in Melun, France. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
European champion Charlotte Bonnet of France and Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh trade caps during the 10th Circle of Swimmers of Melun Val de Seine held in Melun, France. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO 

BRENT International School standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh once again unleashed her “water beast” mode, steering the Philippine delegation to a four-gold, five-silver, two-bronze showing in the prestigious 10th Circle of Swimmers of Melun Val de Seine held at the Piscine de Melun swimming pool in Melun, France.

Bannering the Philippine Swimming League-Behrouz Elite Swimming Team (SLP-BEST) squad, Mojdeh went unstoppable in the girls’ 16-17 division, winning two golds and one silver in the star-studded swimfest that attracted participants from different parts of the world including Olympians Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland — a bronze medalist in Tokyo Games — and Charlotte Bonnet of France — a multi-gold medalist in European Championships.

“Meeting these Olympians is such an honor for me. It really boosted my morale going into the three-day competition and it gave me extra motivation to perform well,” said Mojdeh, a Philippine national junior record holder.

Unbothered by the cold weather, the 15-year-old Filipino-Iranian opened her campaign with a golden performance in the 100m butterfly, submitting one minute and 4.27 seconds to beat France bets France Louise Buannic-Guirriec (1:04.57) and Clara Pagnon (1:05.72), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

Mojdeh continued her winning ways by copping another gold — this time in the 200m butterfly event with an impressive time of 2:20.85, outclassing French tankers Gabriella Lardier-Puigdomene (2:26.42) and Lisa Verdier (2:28.43).

“The meet in France has become a huge eye opener for me. Competing with French junior national team swimmers help me learn a lot of new things that I can use for my future meets. Like improving my splits on my swim and also my strategies during competitions,” Mojdeh stressed.

Mojdeh also secured a silver in the 400m Individual Medley event topped by Youth Olympic Games veteran and European champion Melanie Lenoir of France.

“I learned so much from a very short span of time training with them. This will give me more confidence in facing up with new challenges and goal times,” Mojdeh added.

After the three-day meet, Mojdeh along with seven other members of the SLP-BEST team had a three-day training session with France’s top junior swimmers before flying to Manila for the Philippine National Age-Group Championships.

“Our heartfelt thanks to Coach Herve, Coach Damien, Coach Alex, Judith, Fadela and all the coaching staff and swimmers of Melun swimming team. Thank you for extending your generosity and warmth to our team. We are overwhelmed by the kindness you have shown us,” SLP-BEST team manager Joan Mojdeh said.

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