UV gymnast swoops in

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


SANTACRUZ, LAGUNA — THE Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) gymnast Eunie Ginell Soronio made an unexpected golden finish in the elementary Women Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) in yesterday’s 5th day of action in the 2014 edition of the Palarong Pambansa.

Soronio, 12, of the University of the Visayas (UV) surprised the crowd after topping the beam individual competition beating the top bets from the National Capital Region (NCR).

“We were really shocked and surprised with the win. We never expected it. We were shouting when they announced that we won the gold medal,” said Coach Lloyd Serano.

In the team event, Soronio and Kathlyn May Autida grabbed the bronze medal.

The gymnastics competition has always been dominated by NCR and seldom in the Palaro do gymnasts from other regions barge into the gold medal column.

Soronio’s gold medal hampered a gold medal shutout for Cviraa on Day 5 of the Palaro, which is proving to be very challenging for the team.

As of yesterday, Cviraa only has eight golds and is currently tied with Region 10 fifth spot.

NCR is leading with 39 gold medals followed by Region IV-A and Region VI tied at second with 16 gold medals a piece, CARAA at third with 15 gold and Region XII at fourth with 10 gold medals.

In the secondary competition, Diane Sophia Navarro won a silver medal in the beam; Desireiy Padilla won a silver medal in the vault; while the team took the bronze medal in the over-all. In the team event, Navarro, Padilla and Francin Ly Coyoca took the silver medal.

The Cviraa gymnastics team will try to win more medals as the secondary and elementary Rhythmic Gymnastics squad was able to qualify to compete in today’s finals.

In table tennis, the boy’s elementary and secondary team settled for silver medals after bowing to their respective opponents.

The elementary team lost to Calabarzon, while the secondary team composed of Francis Bendebel, Jann Mari Nayre, Kent Edwin Abellanosa and Greg Debulosan lost to Western Visayas.

The girls secondary team won a bronze medal, while the elementary team failed to advance after losing to Region 12 in the quarterfinals.

In archery, according CVIRAA coach Ruel Merto, a former Olympian, that Cviraa will bank on Junmar Junas of Gothong National High School to deliver a gold medal in the individual Olympic round. He will compete against Froilan Cataluna of Region 10-NMRAA, while the two-time gold medalist Vincent Villa will be aiming for a bronze medal as he competes against teammate Arlando Anora for bronze.

Villa managed to win a silver medal yesterday in archery for a total medal production of two golds and two silvers.

“We are gunning for gold and bronze in the boys Olympic round and gold for the mixed team,” said Donato, the father of Villa.

In boxing, Cviraa will be leaning on its five secondary boxers for gold medals as they entered in the semifinal round last night. Those who competed in the semifinals were Christian John Dominique Casanares in the 42kg, Junrel Jimenez in the 49kg, Vicente Sios-e in the 40 kg, Kit Ceron Garces in the 46kg and Lloyd Jabez Antoque in the 38kg.

In basketball, the defending champion team of Cviraa beat Region 9, 98-77 and will play against NCR in today’s semifinal

In chess, Cviraa stands to win eight gold medals after earning finals slot.

In volleyball, the boys and girls elementary teams defeated their respective opponents to advance in today’s semifinals.

The girls team composed of players mainly from Catmon Integrated School easily defeated Davao, 25-8, 25-14, while the elementary boys won against Region 9, 21-25, 25-10, 25-10.

However, the Cviraa secondary girls volleyball team lost to Region 10 in a very close match, 25-16, 25-22, but the boys secondary team survived a crucial match against Region 9, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 to advance.

In secondary football, Cviraa thrashed the defending champion team of Calabarzon, 3-1, in their quarterfinal match yesterday. The goals were behind Christian Agot, Angelo Ouano and Vincent Lovitos. They are scheduled to face NCR in today’s semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Vivian Ginete was happy about the kind of fighting spirit that the athletes have shown despite they were being informed about the sudden change of format from the usage of points system to General Olympic Medal System.

“Despite the sudden change, maayo ang showing sa mga bata, “ said Ginete.

Last year, Cviraa finally improved its overall standing to Top 3 after being the fourth best team for so many years. This was partly because of the point system being used, where athletes placing first to sixth will get points. With the medal tally system, Cviraa stands a chance of losing its podium standing in the Palaro.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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