Arnis, gymnasts, wrestlers deliver for CV’s climb to 7th place

Gymnastics gold. Marianne Alegado (center) of Cebu City won the gold medal for Central Visayas in the Ball Apparatus competition in the Secondary Girls Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. Alegado's gold was one of the 11 gold medal haul on Day 4 of action that helped CVIRAA improve to the 7th place in the overall medal standings. (Contributed Photo)

By Rommel C. Manlosa

DAVAO City – Central Visayas collected nine more gold medals at the end of the fourth day of competition, raising its medal haul to 15 gold, 13 silvers, and 25 bronzes to climb  two notches higher from 9th place  in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa 2019 National Meet actions, here

As of the 8:00 PM official medal count, Central Visayas moved to the hotly contested 7th place, owning a precarious five silver medals lead over Ilocos Region.

Currently, CVIRAA has four gold medals, five silvers and 12 bronzes in the Elementary Division while collected 11-8-13 in the Secondary competition.

CVIRAA finally collected elusive gold medals in Arnis starting with Secondary Girls’ Maria Ella Alcoseba of Lapu-Lapu City winning the 40-44kgs sparring event, and one gold medal was won by gymnast Marianne Alegado of Cebu City in the Ball Apparatus of the Secondary Girls Rhythmic Gymnastics event, wrestling team’s Christine Chrisler Dantes of Bayawan City contributed the gold medal in the Cadet – 44kgs class in the Secondary Girls Wrestling competition.

The Secondary Boys Arnis team also won three gold medals courtesy from Denz Aaron Mayol of Cebu City in the Bantamweight division, Elmer Tape of Bohol who won the Featherweight division gilt and Anthony Cris Luna of Cebu City topped the Half Lightweight Division. Jonjie Enyong of Bayawan City also won the gold medal in the Cadet – 46kgs category in the Secondary Boy Wrestling event.

Leanne Marie Manning, on the other hand, won two gold medals and silver in the Elementary Girls Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. Manning first gold came from the Rope Apparatus where she garnered a total of 10.200 points; she won the Ribbon exercise with 12.050 points, and then missed the gold in the Individual All-Around competition by 0.940 points to a CALABARZON bet, Trisha Mae Mont falcon.

CVIRAA Football teams, on the other hand, was on target for a golden finish as they advanced to the semi-final round after eliminating their respective opponents in the quarterfinal matches.

The Elementary Boy team proved too strong for the National Capital region following a 3-1 win.   The CVIRAA squad which was made up mostly by the Don Boaco Technological Centre players scored one goal in the opening half then scored two more goals on the second before allowing the opponent to score its lone goal.

The Secondary team of CVIRAA advanced to the semi-final round after beating the Northern Mindanao squad 1-0.

The Elementary team will play Northern Mindanao in the semi-final round today while the Secondary squad will play the National Capital Region boaters for a slot to the gold medal game.

The Secondary Girls Festal Team, however, put its perfect record in the elimination round to naught as they failed to advance following a heart-breaking 6-5 decision in penalty shootout against Cordillera Administrative Region team.

After handing out a total of 286 gold medals, NCR is slowly pulling away as they won 25 gold medals in Day 4 to pad its lead to 22 gold medals over CALABARZON. NCR now has a total of 62 gold medals, 56 silver medals, and 36 bronze medals while the Region 4A follows with a 41-35-65 count.

Western Visayas comes in a close third place with 40-20-27 medals while Socksargen was a distant fourth place with its 22-34-25 count. Bicol Region rounded up the top five with 14-13-16 haul.