City bets race to retain BP Nationals crown

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

SUMMER Capital athletes continue to strengthen their bid for supremacy as they lead the medal tally at the ongoing Batang Pinoy National Finals at the Panaad Park, Bacolod City.

As of press time, young athletes from the city lead the standings with an 18-13-5 medal tally, as Quezon City comes in close second with 17-13-13 while host Negros is in third at 11-6-4.

City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said earlier he is positively looking forward to regain the overall title this year’s sports meet.


“Kung positive ka naman mag-isip positive rin ang magiging resulta kaya tiwala ako sa lahat mga athletes natin to bag this national competitions overall title,” Gonzales said.

Jenkins Lorenzo Labao hauled seven gold medals to assert himself as the tournament's most bemadalled athlete in the weeklong competition after topping the 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly and individual medley.

Fifteen-year-old Labao together with Neil Nazarro, Dan Christian Leyba and Renz Gawidan added two gold medals after finishing atop the boy’s 4x50 medley relay and 4x50 freestyle relay, with fellow swimmer Allana Sagubo also lead in the girl’s 200 meter back stroke.

Leyba (200m backstroke), Gawidan (50m butterfly), and Elize Yanna Labao (girl’s 100m backstroke) also produced silver meals each in their respective sport events.

Reymark Quezada, who hit the first gold for the city, has two gold medals after dominating other participants in the boy’s 5000 meter and 800 meter run and added one silver after finishing second in the 1500-meter race, while Leah Taltala also ruled the girls high jump with a personal best 1.48 meters.

The bulilit city wrestlers generated a gold courtesy of Jess Ngolab after winning in the 47kg. category, with Raphael Bulayo(42kg) and Christian John Espiritu(47kg) adding two more silvers in their weight class competitions.

Brylle Gever Vinluan also added a silver medal in the boy’s rapid chess event.

The summer capital has already logged 21 gold medals last October for the national standings, where wushu had 15, archery with five, and one from motocross.

Baguio athletes are set to reap more medals in the arnis completion.

The highland athletes are eyeing a rare three-peat for the city in the Batang Pinoy Nationals after bagging the overall crown in 2011 and 2012.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 03, 2014.


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