CAR ends 2014 Palaro on high note

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


STA. CRUZ, LAGUNA -- Athletes from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) surprised 15 other regions to land its highest finish in years at the close of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

The region capped the week-long sports competition with a 24-11-12 medal haul for an all time high of fifth place finish from last year's 10th place.

Tae kwon do and arnis scored the biggest contribution for the region in landing on the top five of the over-all standings.

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High school and elementary jins competing in kyorugi and poomsae sacked a total of 11 gold medals including three silver and four bronze medal to bring home the over-all crown anew of the tournament backed by the Department of Education and Philippine Sports Commission.

The elementary boys and girls generated half of total gold harvest as Atilla Fias-ilon, Irvin Dhale Langaoen, Lei Ramon, and Josea Dizon each bagged a gold medal.

Meanwhile, the secondary boys and girls also added four gold medals courtesy of Kendrix Klyndale Galian (fin weight) for the boys, together with Angelica Joyce Gaw (fin weight), Leslie Marie Agyamoc (light weight), and Ma. Kaye Shannelle Romuar (welter weight) for the distaff.

Christian Mark Duntugan (fin weight) added another silver medal as Troy Nathaniel Cayago (fly weight) snatched third honors for bronze.

Earlier, the poomsae team a 3-2-3 medal haul with two gold medals from the elementary boys and girls group performance.

“A lot of the other competing regions have definitely improved but as always we are happy with the performances of our athletes who did their best to win us the overall crown in this tournament,” said tae kwon do coach Arnold Oglayon.

Arnis, meanwhile, closed out the competition with a 9-3-4 haul while archery added a 4-2-3 tally.

National Capital Region once again dominated the competition with its 107-64-56 harvest , as Calabarzon (Region 4-A) was at far second with 38-51-51 while Western Visayas (Region 6) was in third after a modest haul of 32-33-38.

Central Visayas claimed number four with an identical 24 gold medal haul but had 27 silver and 41 bronze medal to dislodge the highland region athletes in number four after occupying the spot for four days.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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