Baguio stays strong in PNG

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BAGUIO City remained on course for another stellar performance and a possible shot at the over-all crown as action in the 2014 Philippine National Games continues to heat up in Manila.

With its modest medal haul of 22 -14-10, athletes coming from the Summer Capital are expected to haul more medals in the coming competitions within the week.

Athletics, which won the first three gold medals capped the competition with an 8-3-1 of the week-long scheduled event, led by former University of Baguio Cardinal Jessa Mangsat with two gold medals from the 3-kilometer steeple chase and 5,000 meter run.


Arnis yielded 7-4-3 from anyo (form) competition with Cindy Abegail Monte headlining the contenders with her four gold mints after dominating the women’s senior individual solo baston, doble baston, and "spada y daga" contest.

Monte, caught her fourth gold medal together with Corina Lazaro Ado and Florentina Pascual sharing the top honors in the synchronized single weapon category.

Wrestling which was already finished had a 5-5-3 from the Greco Roman and freestyle categories.

Baguio awaits more medals from other sports like wushu, boxing, arnis (labanan), even athletics which is still on-going as of press time.

City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales remained optimistic the delegation will continue to reap more honors as the national competition backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) goes on.

“Marami pa namang sports na mag-uumpisa pa lang at most of them goldmine rin ng city pagdating sa medals. Hopefully marami pa rin tayong masilat na gold medal kahit pa malalakas rin ang mga ka-compete natin,” Gonzales told Sun.Star Baguio in a phone interview.

Archers and tae kwon do jins from the city will start their title bid in separate venues.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 22, 2014.


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