PUERTO Princesa, Palawan – The morning downpour was a mute witness to Gio Begunia’s rise to the top of the podium as he put his Discus Throw miscues last Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, to a good use – a motivation and strength in the Shot Put competition of the Batang Pinoy National Finals Athletic tournament at the Speaker Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex.
The rain, the damp field, the slippery throwing circle, the challenge from the other competitors and the slip in one of his attempts only put more determination and thrust to the heave of the 15-year old Grade 10 student of Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Tungkop, Minglanilla, who just tallied his new-personal best at 12.94 meters en route to a golden medal finish.
“He was determined to rebound. He cried when he got disqualified in discus throw event because he really wanted to win the gold. I just told him to bounce back harder. He still has an event left to play and that he should show his full potentials in the shot put event. He was focused and determined, the slippery throwing circle, where he eventually slipped in one of his attempts could not stop him. Actually, this was his official personal best (record). His last personal best was 12.66 meters,” SMS Boystown athletic coach Francis Berizo told iNews.Ph.
Begunia actually enjoyed 1.3 meter lead over the silver medal winner Gerald Archie Tuarez of Koronadal City (11.64) and Jerbie Daclan of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte (11.25).
Not to be outdone, Kenneth Malaya, a 15-year old Grade 10 student of Abellana National School gave Cebu City its first gold medal in athletics following his victory in the 110m hurdles for Boys at a time of 15.7 seconds.
He was followed by the Grade 9 teammate from the University of Cebu Jomar Cumabig who managed to catch up the lead pack to steal the silver medal from Zamboanga City’s Ridzwan Hussien. Cumabig, Hussien and fourth placer Joseph Ruel Gayta of Mati City all finished the race at 16.7 seconds.
In the distaff side, Krystele Leyson of UC was not as lucky as she settled for the bronze medal in the Girls 100m hurdles competition.
However, the day belongs to the 14-year old Grade 9 student of Don Carlos A. Gothong Memorial National High School Aldrener Igot Jr. who bagged two gold medals in the Cub Boys Archery competition after besting all competitors in the 20-meters and 30-meters events.
Igot set a new Batang Pinoy record in the 20-m distance after scoring a total of 350 points while scoring 327 points in the 30m distance. Khalil Jusper Abella also of Don Carlos A. Gothong won the bronze medal in the 30-m event.
According to coach Ma. Teresita Beltran, Igot could still win more gold medals for Cebu City as he has still six more events left to compete.
Muay Thai, on the other hand, contributed three gold medals to the Tuesday haul of Cebu City athletes. Its gold medals were contributed by Zion Alexander Melecio of Abellana National School, Jemarie Josh Ybanez of UC and Buen Algono V also of UC.
As of 7pm of Aug. 27, 2019, Team Cebu City collected a total of 13 gold medals, 19 silvers and 16 bronzes courtesy from 3-4-2 haul from Dancesports, 3-2-2 from weightlifting, 3-5-3 from Muay Thai, Athletics 1-2-1, archery with 2-0-1, cycling with 0-1-2, Karatedo has 0-3-4; Wrestling with one silver and Rugby-football team won a silver and a bronze.
Meanwhile, in boxing, light flyweight Bienjemar Codoy advanced to the semifinal round after beating Bonie Pacray of Baguio City by unanimous decision and Arielle Garth Llamas also advanced to the semifinal round without throwing a punch following his walkover win over Ruben Borcelo of Bobon, Northern Samar.
Pin weight campaigner John Kevin Jimenez was the first Cebu City boxer casualty as he lost by unanimous decision to Angelou Lofranco of Cagayan de Oro City.
Today would be the turn of Cebu City’s punching girls to outshine the boys counterparts, starting with Althea Juezan exchanging jabs with Vanesa Belarte of Bago City in the Jr. Girls Pin weight category (44-46kgs).
Pathricia Mae Sumalinog is looking to break the spirit of Marilou Jardeliza of Sultan Kudarat in the Jr. Girls light fly (48kgs) bout, Jhea Jane Bacayan eyeing to advance to the next round as she will trade punches with Alexa Tara of the host team Puerto Princesa in the Jr. Girls flyweight (50kgs) match.
Chadylle Bandola will get busy when she will duel with Jean Antonette Aye of Camarines Sur in the Jr. Girls Light Bantam (52kgs) contest. /RCM
Bienjemar Codoy of Cebu City beats Bonie Pacray of Baguio City by unanimous decision in their light flyweight.