BACOLOD CITY, April 23 (PNA) — Western Visayas amassed two more gold medals in the ongoing athletics competition of this year’s Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
This brings to six the gold medal hauls of the region in athletics event.
The first two winners from the region were Renz John Gemolaga of Aklan in shot put and Jerremae Rubias of Iloilo in javelin throw.
Mary Anthony Diesto also won in triple jump (11.61 meters), a show of revenge after finishing fourth in last year’s competition.
Diesto broke the record of Yra Perlita of National Capital Region (11.28 meters) last year but fall short of Maribel Sibug’ of Southern Mindanao (12.02 meters) in 2002.
Mark Ian Bautista of Iloilo also won in elementary boys’ triple jump (12.31 meters), while teammate Gericho Sasi won the bronze medal (11.75 meters) behind Jay Paul Arpon of Davao (12.01 meters).
Berna Luz Talaron of Iloilo and Jil Iron Tabuena of Aklan added two more gold medals after winning in long jump and discus throw, respectively.
Their Kent Dormido of Batan of Aklan settled for silver in discus throw (30.32 meters).
Gemolaga also settled for bronze medal in secondary boys javelin throw (55.1 meters).
The event was dominated by Central Luzon’s Bryan Jay Pacheco (57.81 meters), while Joshua Patalud of National Capital Region went for silver (56.75).
Western Visayas got two more gold medals and a bronze in arnis, while three more final events were being contested late Tuesday afternoon.
In arnis, Jennifer Mañas took the gold medal in elementary girls’ individual single weapon; Crystal AJ Bartonico in secondary girls’ individual single weapon; and Federick Lanz Bonetillo settled for bronze medal in elementary boys’ individual single weapon. (PNA)