Davao wins back-to-back golds in Batang Pinoy athletics-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
DAVAO City opened its Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg bid by bagging back-to-back gold medals, three silvers and one bronze at the start of the athletics competition at the multi-million Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City as of Wednesday’s press time.
The 14-year-old Jomar Angga of Davao City National High School captured the Games first gold, checking in at 19 minutes and 35.6 seconds in boys 5,000-meter run. He raced past teammate Edrian Bentulan of Crossing Bayabas National High School and Rey Ulanday of Koronadal who settled for the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Bentulan registered 19:54 while Ulanday finished in 20:04.
Angga, the second among five children of Romy, an employee at Sumifru, and Mildred, a housewife, was overjoyed by his feat having competed for the first time in the 15 years old and below meet.
"Nalipay ko kay natuman gyud akong giampo sa Ginoo nga makab-ot ang bulawang medalya. Habang gadagan ko sige lang ko sampit sa Ginoo ug huna-huna nako nga makayo ra nako (I'm happy `coz God answered my prayer to win the gold. I just kept praying to God and thinking that I can do it while I was running)," Angga said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao.
He said he was just pacing the first two laps of the race but sped off in the last 150 meters (m) to break away from his stiffest rivals.
Angga, who grew up in Marilog District, also eyes the 3,000 m. run and walk golds. The Dabawenyo ace capitalized on his endurance to rule the 5,000 m., saying that walking to Nasawang Elementary School an averege of six hours a day during elementary years paved the way for him to develop the kind of endurance needed to be a long distance champ.
He reminisced, "Subidahon kaayo among ginalakaw paadto eskwelahan. Magsugod mi lakaw sa akong mga igsoon alas singko pa muabot mi alas otso na (It was a very long walk to a very rough road going to our school then. I would start walking with my siblings at 5 a.m. then we would arrive at 8 a.m. We arrive late at times)."
But all that is over now as Angga basks on the glory of winning the city's first gold and booking a ticket to the Batang Pinoy national finals on Nov. 19 to 23 in Zamboanga City.
"I am excited to compete in three other events," the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet bronze winner added in the dialect.
Another Batang Pinoy neophyte, Jison Fernando, Jr., of Doña Carmen Denia National High School, gave Davao its second gold having cleared the 1.70 m. in boys high jump finals just barely four months after his mother succumbed to cervical cancer.
Fernando, third in a brood of four, said he never expected to win the gold, saying, "Gikulbaan ko. Nalipay ko naka-experience na gyud ko mudaug ug gold sa Batang Pinoy (I was nervous. I'm very happy to have experienced winning a Batang Pinoy gold)."
He learned the ropes of jumping during third grade through a class adviser who was then a coach in athletics.
Fernando looks forwards to seeing action in long jump and triple jump events despite the fact that his mother will no longer be able to celebrate his victory or comfort him in his loss.
Aside from Bentulan, Ronald Demdam of DCDNHS and Frances Mae Dayon of Don Juan dela Cruz Central Elementary School clinched silvers for Davao City.
Demdam heaved the iron ball to a distance of 9.26 meters in boys shot put finals while Dayon registered 14:38.2 in girls 2,000m walk.
Davao salvaged a bronze in boys high jump courtesy of Joel Torralba, Jr.
More finals events were set to be played Wednesday evening at the track oval.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2013.