Today News
A+ A A-

Bohol tankers shine in Batang Pinoy

DUMAGUETE — Tagbilaran’s Gabriel Manigque led a quartet of swimmers who swept all their five events, while Cebu City’s Rick Angelo Sotto readied himself for the same feat in athletics on Tuesday the Batang Pinoy Games Visayas regional championships.
Surprising even himself, Manigque capped his fruitful campaign in style by ruling the boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter freestyle race in two minutes and .0705 second for his fifth straight individual gold medal at the close of the swimming competitions at the Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center.
Joining Manigque as multiple achievers was Bohol provincemate Angelyn Decabo, who bagged the mints in the girls 13-15 100-meter breastroke (1:23.59) and 50-meter freestyle (30.69) in the meet organized and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.
Jennuel Booh de Leon of powerhouse Aklan also picked up a pair of golds in the boys 12-under division in the 200-meter freestyle (2:25.46) and 200-meter butterfly race while Bohol’s Chloe Sophia
Laurente added the girls 12-under 200-meter butterfly gold (2:53.37) to her tally in duplicating the feat of their senior swimmers.
“This is unbelievable. It’s like acing a test,” said Manigque, 15, a Grade 8 varsity swimmer at UE, of his accomplishments.
The lanky yet well-built six-footer could not hide his delight at the surprising outcome and vowed to train harder for next year’s Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur after laying a big fat egg in the 2017 edition held in San Jose, Antique edition last April.
“He (Gabriel) wants to be able to swim for the country one day. I hope he gets noticed by this performance,” Boboy Manigque, the young swimmer’s father-coach and a former high school swimming standout, bared of his son’s ambitions.
Aklan handily took swimming's overall honors with a tally of 15 gold, 10 silver and 4 bronze medals. Bacolod placed second (8-6-7) and Ormoc City, Leyte, was a close third (8-4-6).
Under the radar in the first few days of the trackfest at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Stadium, Sotto’s exploits could no longer be ignored after boosting his haul to four gold in capturing the boys triple jump title and being a member of the triumphant Cebu City 4x100-meter relay squad (47.3 seconds).
A Grade 7 student at the Ateneo de Cebu, Sotto admitted his triumph in the triple jump with a leap of 13.57 meters in his sixth and final attempt “was lucky because I knew my teammate Rex (Ammangpang) was stronger than me in this event.”
Sotto, who also swept the boys high jump (1.67) and long jump (6.29) crowns, will be gunning for his fifth gold in the 4x400-meter relays on Wednesday, in which a victory would earn him the distinction of being the most outstanding athlete in track and field.
In other athletic results, Leyte scored a golden treble as Jayvee Alvarez and Chin Chin Alkuino swept the boys and girls 800-meter finals in times of 2:10.05 and 2:27.7, respectively, while teammate Christian Zamora topped the boys discus throw with a heave of 36 meters flat.
As of 12 noontime Tuesday, Cebu Province paced the overall standings with 16 golds, 17 silvers and 25 bronzes, host Dumaguete City was running second (16-10-9), Aklan was not too far behind in third spot (14-8-5) while Cebu City was fourth (12-24-26).

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Commentaries

Unworkable annulment bill

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Unworkable annulment bill

The latest committee approved House bill legalizing Chu...

Libya oasis town offers rare ‘Safe House…

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Libya oasis town offers rare ‘Safe House’ for migrants

Bani Walid, Libya — For migrants who escape torture and...

Christmas like chicken soup for the soul

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Christmas like chicken soup for the soul

The Philippines has long been criticized for having wha...

Haste makes waste

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Haste makes waste

By his own admission, the former president, Nonoy Aquin...

Indonesia court rejects bidto outlaw ext…

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Indonesia court rejects bidto outlaw extramarital sex

Jakarta, Indonesia — A bid to make all sex outside marr...

Raving in Myanmar as EDM conquers Asia’s…

17-12-2017 Tribune Wires

Raving in Myanmar as EDM conquers Asia’s frontiers

Yangon, Myanmar — Lasers cut across the sea of ravers b...

Sports

Headlines

Nation

Metro

Sports

Life Style

Etcetera

Motoring

business

Unit 102, 1020 Bel-Air apartment, Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila Copyright 2000-2017 All rights reserved, The Daily Tribune Publishing Inc.