CEBUANA sprinter Samantha Gem Limos snagged a bronze medal in the girls’ 100-meter event, chipping in the second medal for the Philippine team in the 6th Children of Asia International Games in Russia yesterday.

The 14-year-old double gold medalist in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa showed her force on the international stage as she clocked 12.47 seconds and bagged the bronze medal in the Tuymada Stadium yesterday.

The University of Cebu ace sprinter was six milliseconds behind silver medalist Pawine Pudburree of Thailand, while Yelena Pekhtireva of Azerbaijan got the gold medal in 12.24.

Second chance

Limos topped her heat in the qualifying round with 12.67 and had the fourth best time going to the final heat. She bested her qualifying time to secure a bronze medal in her first international race.

She will get another shot at a medal as she races in the 200m finals today.

Record

Limos was selected as a representative to the Children of Asia International Games after setting a new 100m record with a time of 12.48 in the National Batang Pinoy at the Cebu City Sports Center in November last year. Limos had a personal best of 12.1 in the 100m set in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.

The coach of the Philippine delegation believes there is a big chance that Limos will win another medal in the 200m finals.

“The coach of the Philippine delegation, Fernando Dagasdas, told us that the 100m was very close. The top three had the same speed but it boiled down to size and height. The other athletes are just bigger compared to Limos. There is a big chance she will win another medal in the 200m,” said Arvin Loberanis, who was one of the track and field coaches of Region 7 in the Palarong Pambansa.

The 6th Children of Asia International Games is participated by student-athletes who are 15 years old and younger.

In the current standing, the Siberian Federal District is leading with 32 gold medals, 14 silvers and 22 bronzes. Kazakhstan is in temporary second with 14-16-20 while the Republic of Sakha has 9-15-24 for third spot.