City bets draw first gold medals in PNG

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


BAGUIO City opened this year’s medal hunt as the 2014 Philippine National Games officially kicked off last Friday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The summer capital snatched three of its first gold medals from the athletics during the opening competitions held Saturday.

Regan Contic lorded in the junior men’s discus throw with his record of 41.25 meters, while Narcisa Atienza outclassed other competitors in the women’s high jump with her 1.70 meter best with Catherine Kay Santos leaping 5.87 meters to rule the women’s long jump event.

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City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales is optimistic about the performance of the city athletes.

"So far, together with the coaches and athletes representing the different sports, we are positive with our goal to improve, maybe retain, or at least come up with the same number of gold medals as last year," Gonzales said.

“We are in the early days of the competitions and magsisimula pa lang ang ibang mga sports. We hope to get more gold medals in the next days to come,” Gonzales added.

Last year, Baguio had a total of 60 gold, 55 silver, and 66 bronze medals. The city brought some 250 athletes for the 2014 PNG that runs until May 25.

Coinciding with the 2014 PNG is the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSpada), where 50 entries from the city will compete in sports namely swimming, bowling, archery, and athletics.

The event backed by the Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee and the National Sports Association in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government housed more than 7,000 athletes 15 years old and above during its opening ceremonies.

A total of 46 sport events will be tapped in the national competition including archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, billiards, boccio, bowling, boxing, kayak, chess, cycling, dancesport, diving, fencing, football, futsal, goalball, golf, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, motocross, muay thai, pencak silat, powerlifting, rugby football, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, soft tennis, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wall climbing, water polo, weight lifting, wind surfing, wrestling, and wushu.

The PSC-Philippine National Games aims to assess the expanse of the potential athletes to be a basis for the selection for the competition of national and international pool.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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