♥ – Cebu City now has 22 golds on CCSC count
♥ – Karatedo, weight lifting contribute to gold haul
♥ – Cebu Province won 6 golds, 10 silvers and 7 bronze
PUERTO Princesa Palawan — Pasil golden boy Aldrener Igot Jr. struck another gold medal as he topped the Olympic Round competition of the Boys Cub category of the Batang Pinoy National Finals Archery Tournament at the Speaker Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Sta. Monica this afternoon.
The win was Igot’s sixth gold as he is now sailing smoothly to claim the bragging right as the most bemedalled athlete in the competition with still two events left for the picking – the Mixed Doubles and the Team Trio events scheduled to start at 7:30 Friday morning, Aug. 30, 2019.
The gold medal was already within reach for the Grade 9 Don Carlos A. Gothong Memorial National High School student after topping the preliminary rounds, while his would-be partner in today’s mixed doubles competition Densil Shane Dinopol won the silver medal in the Girls Cub competition.
The 14-year old Igot outperformed 11-year old gymnast Karl Eldrew Yulo of Manila who won five gold medals in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and the 12-year old Marc Dula of Paranaque City who also won five gold medals in swimming.
Team Cebu City weightlifting team also had another gold medal to celebrate courtesy from Edino Casas who topped the Boys 13-15 +67kgs category after lifting a total of 163kgs. His best attempt in the snatch category was 69kgs while his clean and jerk highest successful lift was 94kgs.
The karatekas of Team Cebu City also contributed one gold medal and a bronze in the Karatedo competition. Nino Nazarene Rayos won the 8-9 year old category kumite competition and Russell Dave Derecho carted away the bronze medal in the 10-11 year old category.
Aside from the above mentioned performance, Team Cebu City also had two bronze medals in taekwondo, and two silvers and three bronze medals in Pencak Silat at the close of the fourth day of competition.
On Cebu City Sports Commission’s (CCSC) partial-unofficial count as of 8PM of Aug. 28, Cebu City now has 22 gold medals, 26 silver medals 22 bronze medals. In the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) official count as of 6PM, last year’s overall champion Baguio City was ahead by five gold medals over Cebu City with 21 gold medals accounted for to go with 18 silvers and 29 bronze medals. Cebu City was listed to have 16-19-20 count, just five silver medal ahead of the current third placer Quezon City which also had 16 golds, 14 silvers and 20 11 bronzes. Davao City also had 16 golds but with only 12 silvers and 16 bronze to temporarily settle at the fourth place.
Meanwhile, two Cebu City boxers barged into the gold medal round following their respective victory over separate opponents this afternoon at the Mendoza Park in downtown Puerto Princesa.
Pathricia Mae Sumalinog used her veteran smarts to outscore Joylee Ann Diawan of Benguit Province for a 5-0 unanimous decision win in the Jr. Girls light flyweight contest. Sumalinog will vie for the gold medal as she faces Cagayan de Oro’s Mary Car Vicente who scored a third round Referee Stop Contest over Kates Gacad of Baguio City in the other semifinal match.
Bienjemar Codoy was the other Cebu City fighter who will go for the gold medal on Friday, Aug. 30 after eking out a split decision 3-2 win over local boy Rencel Rabillo of Puerto Princesa in the Jr. Boys light flyweight contest. His opponent was the taller and hard punching John Paul Napoles of General Santos City who scored a unanimous decision win over Mat Mat Dalugdog of Tarlac City in the other semis match.
Arielle Garth Llamas was not as luck as he bowed out of the competition following his 3-2 split decision loss to Edrian Corpuz of Puerto Princesa in the Jr. Boys Light Bantamweight semifinal. The University of the Visayas stalwart however, will not go home empty handed as he secured a bronze medal to the Cebu City treasure chest.
The Cebu City Girls beach volleyball team meanwhile is hoping to get past General Santos City in the semifinal game over at the Blue Palawan Beach Club at 7:30 AM
Cebu City which finished at second place in the elimination in Bracket A with 3-1 will surely need to improve their game two notches higher as the GenSan duo was undefeated in four games in Bracket B. RCM