University of Cebu runner rules 200m dash to complete golden double feat

LEGAZPI CITY — Just do your best and let God do the rest.

That’s precisely what Central Visayas speedster Samantha Gem Limos did under a bright Friday sunshine when she became the latest double gold medalist on the final day of athletics competitions in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa by topping the secondary girls’ 200m dash at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex here.

After finishing second overall in the event’s time trials last Wednesday, Limos, 13, saved her best for last as she outsprinted three other rivals in a riveting finish for a gold medal-clinching time of 25.55 seconds, barely ahead of Western Visayas’ Lejany Salafraña (25.80 ticks), Calabarzon’s Jessel Lumapas (25.83) and another Western Visayas bet Berna Luz Talaron (25.89).

It was the second gold medal for Limos, an incoming Grade 8 student at University of Cebu who also topped the secondary girls’ 100m event last Wednesday.

And her latest golden feat came in surprise yet impressive fashion.

“Unexpected po kasi second-best time lang ako sa time trials with 26.2,” said Limos. “Tinuruan lang ako ng technique ni coach at sinunod ko lang po ‘yung advice niya na ‘yung start ko po dapat mabilis.”

The eldest of two children by a church minister and an english second language teacher residing at Labangon, Cebu City, Limos admitted her hardwork and perseverance bore a golden fruit with the help of the guidance from the Man Above.

“Parang imposible po pero posible pala kapag magte-training ka ng maayos tapos may pananalig sa Diyos,” she said.

Already being recruited by several schools including St. Francis of Assisi College in Las Piñas City, Limos also shared her winning formula that enabled her to redeem herself following a winless outing on her Palaro debut held at Tagum City, Davao Del Norte last year.

“Sa hapon after po ng klase ang training ko. Kapag endurance po, 300 meters ang tinatakbo at six po ang repetitions. Pati ‘yung acceleration at speed, may training rin po ako,” she said.

Sharing the day’s spotlight with Limos was Cagayan Valley’s John Carlo Yuzon, who topped the secondary boys’ 200m event in 22.43 seconds.

Joviane Calixto of Calabarzon came in at second, 31-tenths of a second slower than Yuzon, while Davao Region’s Jeremiah Cortez ended up third at 22.76 ticks.

SOCCSKSARGEN’s Feberoy Kasi, the 100m sprint king, finished fourth overall at 22.78 seconds.

In the elementary division, Negros Island Region’s Angel Ann Pranisa shattered an eight-year old record in the girls’ 200m by submitting a time of 26.15 seconds, besting the previous best-mark of 26.7 set by National Capital Region’s Maureen Emily Schrijvers in the 2008 Palaro edition at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Albert Jose Damaso of Zamboanga Peninsula claimed the boys’ gold medal in 24.85 seconds.     – By Jerome Lagunzad

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