Chess Gold. Whiz kid Jerish John Velarde (right) collared not just one but two gold medals in the Elementary Boys Chess competition. Velarde won the Team Gold in the Blitz competition with Michael Jan Stephen Iñigo (left) and the Standard competition to earn two gold medals for the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association.
DAVAO City – Whiz kid Jerish John Velarde won his second gold medal, Crisha Mae Merto bagged her fifth, and the tandem of Ysabel Gulpany and Hailene Reeze Diaz bagged their second gold medal to help Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) climbed to the fifth place in the overall medal tally at the end of the fourth day of competition of the Palarong Pambansa 2019 National Meet here.
CVIRAA athletes added eight more gold medals including the Elementary Boys Standard Chess competition gold medal which was delivered by Velarde, the Team gold medal in the Secondary Girls Archery competition which was won by Merto and company and the Elementary Girls gold Badminton gold medal won by Gulpany and Diaz for Region 7 on Friday.
Also contributing to the rise of the Ceevees were Deveaine Therese Gauran and Shara Louise Paliwag of Negros Oriental who won the Elementary Girls doubles gold in Lawn Tennis, the Elementary Mixed Doubles gold coming from Gulpany and Gian Arante, the Light welterweight gold delivered by Gerwin Asilo in the Secondary Boys boxing, Individual Olympic round gold medal in Secondary Girls Archery which was won by Phoebe Nicole Amistoso which improved the haul of Region 7 to 23 gold medals, 20 silvers and 33 bronzes.
However, not included in the count was the first place finish of the Elementary Boys Football team who won the gold medal match against the Western Visayas following a 2-1 win. Unfortunately, the Secondary Boy squad of Region 6 avenged the loss of its younger squad after beating Region 7 counterpart in the other gold medal match via 2-1 decision last night.
The win of the Elementary Boys football squad would improve Central Visayas to 24 gold medals and 21 silvers would be enough to dislodge the current running fought team Bicol Region which stayed at 23-22-30 as of last night’s medal count.
The National Capital Region still enjoyed a hug lead in the competition as they closed the fifth day with 82-70-54 haul. Region 4A – CALABARZON was at the far second with 63-48-69 and Western Visayas carted away 47-34-57.
If Bicol Region’s medal count stay as it was yesterday after today’s ball games finals, Central Visayas would finish fourth overall, matching its standing in last year’s Palarong Pambansa in Ilocos Sur.
Not counting the football medals competition, the Central Visayas’s medal count were three golds, four silvers and eight bronze medals in the Elementary Boys Division, six golds, two silvers and 6 bronzes in the Elementary Girls, five golds, seven silvers and 12 bronzes in the Secondary Boys Category and nine-seven-seven count in the Secondary Girls division.
Former Senior Sportswriter of SunStar Cebu. Also a former PSC consultant for media affairs for the Visayas. Boxing and basketball analyst with varied experience in radio broadcasting and motocross events annotating. Also an organizer of various sporting events.