LEGAZPI CITY — Thanks to its prized tankers, powerhouse National Capital Region continued to show the way in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa on Tuesday at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex here.
After their seven-gold haul in the opening day, the Big City bets sustained their form behind their outstanding swimmers, led by De La Salle-Zobel’s dynamic duo of Maurice Sacho Ilustre and Nicole Meah Pamintuan, keeping them in control of the overall title race in Day 2 of the week-long competitions.
Ilustre and Pamintuan, both 16-year-old stars in high school ranks, accounted for four of the NCR’s seven gold medal-winning performances at the pool area, stretching the region’s gold-sillver-bronze medal haul to a tourney-leading 19-11-8 output.
Under a bright sunshine, Ilustre topped the boys’ 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly events while Pamintuan, a blue-chip transferee from St. Michael College in Biñan, Laguna, ruled the girls’ 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
Even their junior counterparts in the elementary ranks proved their worth.
Raphael Santos (elementary boys’ 200m freestyle, 2:10.85) and Miguel Barreto (elementary boys’ 50m butterfly, 29.89 seconds) topped their respective individual events before helping Cedric Butiong and Ted Laminta to rule the 4x50m medley relay in two minutes and 5.55 seconds.
NCR also got a pair of golds in elementary girls’ rhythmic gymnastics courtesy of Divina Sembrano, who topped the individual all-around (36.55 points) and teamed up with Kyla Lopez and Kristal Mae Maquidato for the team title (93.25).
Daniella Daynata lorded it over in secondary girls’ shot put (10.94 meters) while a pair of teams in the table tennis in the secondary boys’ and elementary girls’ also emerged triumphant for NCR.
Staying hot on NCR’s heels for the overall championship is Calabarzon, which got three golds in swimming—Suzanne Himor (secondary girls’ 200m butterfly, 2:28.03), secondary boys’ 4x50m medley relay, and secondary girls’ 4x50m medley relay—to stretch its total medal haul to 12-6-13.
As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Western Visayas is at third with 10 golds, nine silvers and five bronze medals followed by Northern Mindanao (7-9-11) and Cordillera Administrative Region (7-9-4).
Krista Alexie Gojar topped the elementary girls’ 100m backstroke in one minute and 12.81 seconds but her home region, host Albay Province, only has two golds, three silvers and four bronze medals to show so far. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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