Judoka pockets gold, runner salvages silver

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


DAVAO City's Jenilou Mosqueda captured a women's judo gold medal while Sonny Wagdos settled for an athletics silver in separate venues of the ongoing 2014 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games in Metro Manila.

Mosqueda, a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games silver medalist, bested Annie Ramirez of Muntinlupa Judo Club in women's lightweight final at the Makati Coliseum.

University of Mindanao (UM) varsity trackster Wagdos, who represented Titus/Pasay in the Games, registered 15 minutes and 10 seconds to trail national team member Julius Sermona of the Philippine Air Force who checked in at 14:48 for the gold in senior men's 5,000-meter run finals at the Philsports Complex. Baguio City's Cesar Catañeto salvaged the bronze.

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The 20-year-old Wagdos said he's happy to have surpassed his own best time of 15:03, saying, "Okay lang nga second ko basta nag-improve akong record. Karon pa man sab ko kadula diri sa PNG. Kusog kaayo si Sermona, nag-break away sya nako sa last 50 meters. (I'm contented finishing second since I also improved my record and this is my first time to compete here. Sermona was so fast, he broke away in the last 50 meters)."

The incoming third year Marketing Management student, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said he never had any idea who Sermona was.

"Wala man ko kaila kay Sermona bantug wala nako siya gitagad, lahi akong gibantayan sa lumba kato ra akong nakaila nga mga kusog. Ambi gani nako muundang ra siya, gipasagdan ra nako sya. Nag-focus rako sa ubang nakaila nako. Sus natingala naman lang ko nga nikalit ra sya'g una nako, dili na nako sya maapas. Hastang paspasa niya mudagan oy (I didn't know Sermona so I didn't focus on him but watched my phase against my usual rivals. I even thought he would not finish the race, I just let him be. I was surprised when he had overtaken me and I could no longer keep up. He was just so fast)," Wagdos added.

The Agusan del Sur-born Wagdos also competed in the 1,500m event but finished fifth.

He also thanked Titus/Pasay for sponsoring his PNG stint.

He will return to Davao on June 2 yet as he will participate in other fun run and marathon events in Manila.

Wagdos copped two golds (5,000m, 10,000m) and a silver (1,500m) in the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) National Games in Tagum City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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