Davao arnisadors clinch 4 golds

WHAT Davao City tracksters failed to accomplish, the arnisadors delivered by sweeping four gold medals on Day 2 of the 2015 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games Mindanao Qualifying in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur as of Saturday.

Alfred Sagne axed the men's double identical weapon gold but settled for silver in men's single weapon event in the anyo (form) competition.

Monec Bucol, for her part, annexed the women's single stick gold medal and the single sword and dagger silver.

The two other golds came from the women's synchronized team of Jennilyn Morcillo, Adelfa Sagne and Jezebel Morcillo who stamped their rivals in double identical and sword and dagger events.

The city's athletics team, which bagged three golds and one silver Friday, salvaged a silver in men's 10,000-meter run courtesy of Michael Barrosa yesterday morning. Glenn Arellano of Pagadian timed 37:22 seconds to claim the gold while Barrosa registered 40 seconds. Another runner from Pagadian finished with the bronze.

Davao City athletics coach Harris Ratag, in a phone interview yesterday, said in the vernacular, "We have finalists in 200 meters and 800 meters when action resumes at 5 p.m. so we might get additional medals later in the day."

University of Mindanao varsity tracksters Adrian Linao (men's shot put), Langie May Meder (women's 100) and Joppe Sabitan (men's 400) were the first day athletics gold winners for the city as Glein Payac accounted for a silver (men's 400).

In chess, Davao City's Mary Jonah Lequin and Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong grabbed the gold and silver, respectively, in women's rapid event. Lequin earned 5.5 points while Tabudlong had five.

Jimzon Trangia of Davao City, for his part, placed second in men's rapid chess to pocket the silver with 5.5 points. Antonio Joel Fernan of Zamboanga del Sur (6.0) copped the gold.

The city's women's chess team of Exiquila Apao, Janes Hitfield Caingles and Tabudlong earlier swept the first three medals in blitz.

Meanwhile, Aldrin Paña gave Davao City a gold in visually impaired rapid chess as teammate Julius Calonia got the silver. Their teammates Jobert Lumanta and Antonio Español earlier won the ortho chess blitz silver and bronze, respectively, in the persons with disabilities category.

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