Davao City judokas defend Batang Pinoy overall title-A A +A
Saturday, September 22, 2012
HIGHLY-TOUTED Davao City judo team hauled in a total of four gold medals, one silver and eight bronzes to defend its overall title in the just-concluded 2012 Batang Pinoy Games national judo competition held at the Marikina Riverbank Activity Center.
Carl Dave Aseneta of Mats College of Technology lived up to his billing as he kept copped the boys -66 kilograms gold to crown himself back-to-back champion.
Sta. Ana National High School's James Velez, Davao Wisdom Academy's Charisse Aseneta and Holiday Judo Club's Nathaniel Malaki also chipped in golds for the city team backed up by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office.
Velez repeated his 2011 feat by clinching the boys' -50 kgs division gold while Aseneta improved her last year's bronze finish with a golden performance in girls girls' -52 kgs.
Malaki, for his part, topped the boys' 90 kgs. event.
Jhanen Marcos, meanwhile, settled for the silver in girls' -44 kgs division while defending champion Syndey Tancontian only salvaged a bronze in girls -78 kgs.
Davao City judo team head coach Paolo Tancontian, Sydney's father, said his daughter played opponents who were heavier than the Dabawenya by around 10 kilos.
"Sydney's standard weight is for the -63 kgs division but the 78, 63 and 57 kgs divisions were merged so she faced heavier opponents," Tancontian said.
Other bronze medalists were DWA's Reighny Gayle Sanchez (girls' 78 kgs), Chino Tancontian (boys' 42 kgs), Osme?a National High School's Jemarie Benito (girls' -52 kgs), Stephanie Calamba (girls -44 kgs) and Michael Ocleaza (boys' -42 kgs), Sta. Ana National High School's Jaycris Badiang (boys' -50 kgs) and Holiday Judo Club's Ceejay Acla (boys' -60 kgs). Acla defeated former Super Inggo lead star Makisig Morales.
The Batang Pinoy Games is being organized by the Philippine Sports Commission in partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The Mindanao qualifying of other events is slated next month in Cagayan de Oro City.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 23, 2012.