Batang Pinoy: Moulic wins gold, Ryan takes silver

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Monday, February 3, 2014


HOLY Cross of Davao College (HCDC) chesser Ella Grace Moulic captured a gold medal while Fil-British wrestler James Ryan salvaged a silver in the just-concluded 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy National Championships in Bacolod City.

Moulic tallied five points to rule the six-round girls standard chess event at the Masskara Hall, 3rd Floor, New Government Center.

The top-seeded Davao City ace survived past Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan in the final round.

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"One pawn down ko, nakulbaan ko kay kung mapildi ko matagak gyud ko sa top three. Pressure ko mudaug, must-win gyud, gipilit nako. Nalipay ko nidaug ko sa last round (I was one pawn down, I felt nervous that I won't make it to the top three if I lose. It was a great pressure on me. It was a must win for me. I'm glad that I won the last round)," Moulic told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview on Monday.

Moulic said she really felt the need to win against Revita to ensure that she brings home a medal.

Had she settled for a draw or eventually lost the match, Moulic would have landed fourth and Revita will pocket the gold.

She added, "Maulaw ko kung wala koy madalang medal kay gisuportahan biya ko sa Holy Cross ug ni Councilor Leo Avila. Maayo nalang gyud nakabawi ko sa standard kay wala gyud koy nakuha sa blitz ug rapid (It would be embarrassing if I don't bring home any medal since Holy Cross and Councilor Leonardo Avila III supported me. It's just fortunate that I recovered in the standard having not won any medal in the other events)."

She then thanked the Lord for giving her such a talent, Avila and the HCDC management for bankrolling her stint in the Games.

Moulic's other victims were Ira Jade Tenirefe of Bacolod City, Woman Fide Master (WFM) Marie Antoinette San Diego of Dasmarinas City, Jesca Docena of Bohol and Rica Rose Gabales of Bacolod City. Moulic lost to second-seeded Shania Mae Mendoza of Sta. Rosa, Laguna in their fourth round encounter.

Revita, for her part, edged fellow 4.5 scorers Mendoza and San Diego via superior tiebreaks to take the silver. Mendoza took the bronze.

Meanwhile, Ryan copped the boys -66 kgs bronze medal in wrestling competition.

Ryan's camp tried to contest the decision of his silver finish when he should have won the gold.

"Gitikasan daw sila sa point system. Nag complain daw sila pero wala nay mahimo kay puro taga Manila ang naa sa lamesa. A bit sad daw si James (He was cheated through the point system. They tried to complain to no avail since table officials were mostly from Manila. James was a bit sad)," Ryan's mother Fe, who was in United Kingdom during her son's competition, said in a Facebook chat conversation.

Ryan's parents funded his trip from the United Kingdom to Bacolod City. Davao City riders Brylle Chavez Cocjin and Jayson Caceres earlier won the gold and silver, respectively, in boys mountain bike event.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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