♥ – Cebu City near to match last year haul with 35-32-28 collection after Friday’s events
PUERTO Princesa, Palawan – Aldrener Igot Jr. completed a rare sweep for Cebu City at the close of the Archery Cub competition of the Batang Pinoy National Finals at the Speaker Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex Archery range in Sta. Monica.
While in Boxing, Cebu City Niños went 2-of-2 in the gold medal matches following the victories of Pathricia Mae Sumalinog in the Jr. Girls Light Fly competition over Cagayan de Oro’s Mary Car Vicente and Bienjemar Codoy who defeated John Paul Napoles of General Santos City in the Jr. Boys Light flyweight gold medal match in Mendoza Park in downtown Puerto Princesa.
The Pasil archer anchored the Team Trio and Mixed Team Doubles competitions for his seventh and eighth medal giving him the bragging rights as the winningest athlete in the entire competition. Cebu City Trio was made up of Igot, Khalil Justine Abella and KienZhyron Torreon defeated General Santos City’s Renato Joaquin, Nino Gleam Sabile and Allyson Quiepo by a thrilling shoot-out.
The two teams went toe-to-toe in the final round, the gold medal was settled by a three-arrow shootout to determine the winner. Igot was the first to shoot and as usual, he was on target as he hit the yellow ring for a 10, Joaquin leveled the game by also hitting 10 on his turn. Taking a cue from Igot, the left-handed Abella, who hailed from Brgy. Sto. Nino, also hit the 10 forcing a little pressure on Sabile, who in turn hit a nine.
The pressure shifted on Torreon’s side as a score less than 9 would put Cebu City’s gold medal campaign in peril. However, the diminutive Pasil resident Torreon stepped up to the challenge and hit a 10 to give Team Cebu City a perfect 30. Quiepo’s arrow meanwhile landed just outside the 9 as the Cebu City squad began to celebrate.
With the eighth gold medal in sight, Igot then paired with the 12-year old Densil Shane Dinopol in the Mixed Doubles competition for Cebu City’s final gold in Archery.
The Cebu City duo defeated Naina Dominique Tagle and Matt Charrid Bajado from the archery powerhouse Dumaguete City in the final round. Tagle was also the most bemedalled archer in the distaff side winning six gold medals to her credit.
In Boxing, Sumalinog looked like dominant from the starting bell as the 14-year old 8th Grade from Cebu City Central High School peppered Vicente with short combinations as the Cagayan de Oro puncher was forced to backtrack in most part of the opening round. However, Vicente jumped off quickly at the start of the second with renewed gusto and caught Sumalinog flat-footed to win the second round.
However, the Barangay Ermita fighter got her second wind in the final round and gamely traded short punches with Vicente who eventually lost the round to the more precise Cebu City fighter. Codoy meanwhile got his confidence when he floored Napoles with a thunderous right hook early in the second round.
The 14-year old 7th Grader of Mabolo National High was tentative on the first round with both boxers warned four times by the referee for not engaging, before the action came in the second round.
Although obviously, he lost the opening round, Codoy took care of business after he scored a flash knockdown and carried the momentum all the way to salvage the match and bring home the gold medal to his home in Barangay Hipodromo.
Aside from the two gold medals, the 7-man Team Cebu City Boxing also carted two bronze medals courtesy from Chadylle Bandola of the Jr. Girls Light Bantamweight class and Arielle Garth Llamas of the Jr. Boys Light Bantamweight division.
Team Cebu City Arnis meanwhile contributed a total of 11 gold medals, seven silvers and two bronze medals to win the second place overall behind Lapu-Lapu City which had 13-5-9 collection. At the close of Friday’s events, Cebu City carted away a total 35 gold medals, 32 silver medals, and 28 bronze medals. RCM