Baguio fails to match 2013 PNG record

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


DESPITE a spirited rally, Baguio City fell short of eclipsing last year’s medal haul at the close of the weeklong POC-PSC National Games with 59-61-53.

Last year, Team Baguio copped a total of 60 gold, 55 silver, and 66 bronze.

The Summer Capital leaned on its strong showing in combative sports anew with wushu bannering the city with 16 gold, 15 silver, and seven bronze medals.

Arnis also recorded a rare three-peat defending its overall crown since 2012 with 11-6-4, despite failing to surpass last year’s record of 16-10-9.

Baguio spawned most of its awards from the anyo competitions. Taekwondo collected a modest count of 8-7-6, while wrestling, who also capped the overall events title with 6-6-4 led by Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) featherweight contender Mark Streigl.

Muay Thai generated 5-6-2, boxing added 0-1-2, while pencak silat added one silver and one bronze.

Judo had most of the second place finishes with 1-11-11, competing against the bigger guns of the national team during the finals.

Athletics took home 10-7-6 with former University of Baguio Cardinal Jessa Mangsat buying herself a ticket for a spot in the Philippine training pool after cornering two gold medals from the 3-kilometer steeple chase and 5,000-meter run.

Kareel Meer Hongitan and Gaway Tricia Bomogao each generated gold medals apiece as archery added 2-1-5, while chess also snatched three bronze.

City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said he is happy with the results despite losing by one gold medal in last year’s tally.

“Actually maganda pa rin ang naging performance natin this year, all in all hindi pa rin tayo talunan,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales said he expects to maintain a good outcome on next year’s PNG.

“Kinulang tayo sa gold pero that is given since most of it went sa national team, tulad na lang sa judo where nakuha naman natin karamihan ng silver. Sa athletics medyo nabawasan rin yung nakuha natin,” Gonzales said.

The city earmarked a total of P1.5 million budget for the PNG.

Athletes, who won medal will receive P3,000, P2,000, and P1,000 for gold, silver, and bronze from the city accordingly, while coaches are allocated with P2,000, P1,500, and P800, respectively.

Gonzales said the incentives will reach almost P600,000. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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