Baguio steals Batang Pinoy Luzon leg crown-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BAGUIO City outscored erstwhile leader Quezon City to win the over-all crown of the Batang Pinoy 2013 Luzon leg in Iba, Zambales.
Trailing by just four gold medals in the last day of the competitions, the summer capital athletes seized the lead with a deluge of gold medals, eight in arnis, four in judo, and two in muay thai to retake the lead and be the victors of the yearly sport competitions.
City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said he never doubted that Baguio will still take the overall rank.
"Kahit sa simula pa lang ng Batang Pinoy malakas na ang pakiramdam ko na tayo ulit ang mananalo this year," said Gonzales.
"Although may mga sport advantages ang ibang LGU’s, karamihan ng mga athletes natin talagang kayang makipag-sabayan rin sa kanila," Gonzales added.
Baguio City tallied a total of 47 gold, 49 silvers, and 37 bronze, while Quezon City fell short with 44 gold, 28 silvers, and 35 bronze.
Pangasinan, who dominated in the athletics, ranked only to the third spot with 25 gold, 25 silver, and 29 bronze. Laguna took the number four spot with 16-20-31, while Manila in fifth with only 16-7-6.
Quezon City dominated the swimming events herding 25 gold to hit the load of their numbers, while Pangasinan and Laguna who showed a lot of promise during the first days of the event fell short of the expectations.
Baguio City will be eyeing a rare grand slam when the Batang Pinoy National games takes place November in Bacolod City.
Gonzales said this is a statement that Baguio coaches and athletes from are really good in terms of sports development.
“Minsan kulang lang tayo sa recognition lalo na kapag dating sa sports, pero ang mahalaga dito we are not disheartened lalo na etong mga young athletes natin na palaging nagbibigay sa city ng karangalan,” Gonzales pronounced.
“Sa ngayon ang susunod naman ulit na target natin eh yung sa nationals kasi kasama na ang mga galing sa Visayas at sa Mindanao doon,” said Gonzales.
Meanwhile the Philippine Olympic and Sports Commission declared the change of venue for the national championships from Zamboanga City to transfer to Bacolod City on November 19-23, due to the earlier armed conflict.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 23, 2013.