DAVAO City – After a slow Tuesday, the Central Visayas Region athletes had a fruitful campaign on the third day of the Palarong Pambansa 2019 competition after collecting five gold medals to improve four notches higher in the medal tally last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, powerhouse National Capital Region kept a significant lead over its closest chasers the Western Visayas Region as they closed Day 3 with 37 gold medals, 32 silvers, and 21 bronzes, keeping eleven gold medals lead over Region 6 which had 26 gold medals, 14 silvers and 23 bronzes.
The Elementary Girls Team won CVIRAA its second gold after lording it over the competition in Brgy. Calinan Gymnasium while the four other gilts was delivered by a single athlete – Crisha Mae Merto of the Holy Cross High School of Dumaguete City who pocketed four of the five gold medals at stake in the Secondary Girls Archery Competition staged at the UP Mindanao Sports Complex in Barangay Mintal, that improved Region 7’s standing from 13th last Tuesday to the ninth place yesterday.
In all four assignments, CVIRAA Elementary Badminton team featuring EJ Mae Alison, Hairline Reese Diaz, and Naomi Gulp any all of Banilad Elementary School of Mandaue City and Kristel Anne Bisnar of Danao City did not drop a single match on their way to claim the gold medal for the Team Tie competition.
Central Visayas defeated the host team Davao Region 2-0, then went to blank Cagayan Valley 2-0 in the quarterfinal round, handed Socksargen smashers the same fate in the semi-final round, 2-0, before capping a stellar performance by handing CALABARZON team an identical 2-0 beatings in the gold medal matches.
Diaz allowed Brys Fuggan of Region 4-A to win the opening set 18-21 before scoring a dominating 21-14 in the second set and finished the job with a 21-12 win on the deciding set to win the first singles match.
Alidon and Bisnar then partnered for Central Visayas doubles contest against Gianna Gonzales and Clarisse Mabale of Region 4A.
The Cebuano tandem won the first set via lopsided 21-10 decision, but the Southern Tagalog squad rebounded with an 18-21 win in the second set. However, Alidon and Bisnar have had enough as they finished the job on the deciding set with a 21-16 victory.
While, the 16-year old Metro had a total score of 339 points, which was one point ahead of the silver medallist Daniella Bernardo of Socksargen and two over another Central Visayas bet Ma. Ferimi Gleam Bajado also of Dumaguete City who won the bronze medal after scoring 337 points.
Her second gold medal was at the 60-meters competition where she scored 321 points while another Central Visayas bet Phoebe Nicole Amistoso also from Dumaguete yield the silver medal when she lost to Charmaine Angela Villamor of Cordillera Administrative Region after the shoot-off as both finished with 318 points.
Merto then went to win the 50-meters competition over Bernardo and Nicole Marie Manalac of NCR after scoring 337 points. Then capped the day with her fourth gold medal in the Single FITA Round after earning a total of 1,310 points from all the 144 arrows shot at the 30-m, 40-m, and 50-m and 60-meters competition. Manalac carted away the silver and Bajado taking home the bronze medal.
Escaping from Merto’s grasps was the 40-meters competition which was won by Manalac, Bernardo and Julie An Malinog of Caraga respectively.
Today, Merto will be shooting for the gold medal in the Individual Olympic Round, Team Olympic Round, and Mixed Team Olympic Round golds.
Meanwhile, host Davao Region and the Zamboanga Peninsula finally won their first set of gold medals.
Davao’s gold came from the Elementary Boys 400-meter medley relay courtesy from Pietro Dominic Requiza, Jabahri Dilangalen, Paolo Miguel Labanon and Rain Andrei Tumamac who was clocked with a total of four minutes and 44.75 seconds while Zamboanga Peninsula’s first gold was delivered by the Secondary Boys Lawn Tennis team of Alexis Acabo, Stephen Zion Guia, Nilo Ledama and Eric Jay Tangub in the Team Tie competition.