Niños take early lead

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Monday, February 10, 2014


THE swimmers saved the day for Cebu City as they won an impressive 17 gold medals in the first day of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Cebu City, which has been the overall champion for so long that officials are no longer sure how long the streak is, started slow and only collected three gold medals in arnis and had none in athletics yesterday.

“We still have tomorrow. Hopefully our swimmers will perform well and deliver more gold medals,” said University of Cebu (UC) head coach Rolando Alvarez.

The talented Michael Ichiro Kong led the haul with three gold medals in the secondary boys 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly and in the 200m Individual Medley. Karen Mae Indaya also chipped in two gold medals in the girls secondary 400m freestyle and in the 200m IM. The other gold medalists are Alfeo Vallespin and Ma. Aaliyah Biagan in the boys and girls elementary 50 meter breaststroke, Gil Antone Talisaysay in the boys elementary 100m free and Mae Kawabata in the girls 100m free, Kyle Nemil in the boys secondary 100m free and Lyhann Navarro in the girls 100m free.

Cebu finished with 21 golds, 12 silvers and 11 bronze medals to secure the top spot on the first day, while Mandaue City and Talisay City are tied at second spot with 10 gold medals each. Last year’s host, Dumaguete City, has three golds, eight silver and nine bronze medals.

The additional three gold medals came from the arnis-anyo competition with Luke Placyd Galon winning in the boys secondary double weapon-solo performance. The other gold medals were in the elementary double weapon-team performance and in the elementary boys and girls double weapon-mixed performance.

The arnis-anyo was dominated by Mandaue City, which bagged 10 gold medals. Mandaue swept the single weapon-solo performance behind Churnette Rocamora and Aljon Lindajao. Krizel Angana and Gino Raphael Bordalba also dominated the secondary division.

Jenely Espiritu also got the gold in the double weapon-solo performance, while Mandaue won the the gold medals in the girls elementary double weapon-team performance, single weapon-team performance secondary boys and girls, and in the double weapon-team performance boys and girls.

Mandaue City sports coordinator Adeline Luarez said they are seeing the fruits of their labor as they have been aggressive in the grassroots program in arnis with the help of the Mandaue City Sports Commission Chairman Engr. Richardo Mendoza.

“Since last year, we have been doing several grassroots program in arnis. We are even planning to extend it city-wide. Aside from arnis, we also want to improve in the other sports that we are weak at and hopefully in the long run we can be very competitive,” said Luarez.

Luarez added that she hopes that they can improve their third place overall standing last year.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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