NCR emerges virtual Palaro champ

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Friday, May 9, 2014

STA. CRUZ, Laguna -- The 2014 Palarong Pambansa (National Athletic Games) is proving to be a memorable victory for powerhouse National Capital Region (NCR), but a forgettable stint for the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA).

NCR on Friday fished out nine more gold medals in swimming and three in athletics courtesy of sprint sensation Jomar Udtohan to emerge virtual champion of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

As of 5 p.m. of the penultimate day of the seven-day sportsfest, the Big City has a total of 88 gold, 54 silver and 43 bronze medals on top of the medal tally while host Southern Tagalog Region IV-A is far second with 25 golds, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes.


Western Visayas Region is in third spot with 24-17-28; followed by Northern Mindanao Region with 19-16-16; Cordillera Autonomous Region with 19-9-9; Soccksargen Region (13-13-21); Central Visayas (10-22-20); and Davao Region (8-12-11).

LAGUNA. Jomar Udtuhan (494) of NCR, last runner for the team in 4x400 relay, wins gold in men's Division at Palarong Pambansa, Sta. Cruz, Laguna. (Roland Nablo/PNA)

Udtohan made his last Palaro the most memorable, sweeping the three dash events via record-breaking fashion and two more team relays also in record-smashing finish in the final day of athletics competition marred by disqualification.

The 17-year-old son of a tricycle driver brought home five gold medals after setting new records in the secondary boys’ century dash, 200m dash, 400m run, 4X100 and 4X400 team relays to crown himself the fastest athlete of the Palaro held for the first time in Laguna province.

Forgettable stint

This year’s Palarong Pambansa is proving to be a forgettable stint for CVIRAA.

Though the athletes collected eight gold medals on Friday, CVIRAA is stuck at sixth place.

Even if it wins all its finals matches Friday, CVIRAA, which improved to third place last year after years of languishing at fourth place, may have its worst finish in the annual games at sixth place.


Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas Region was stripped of a gold medal in the secondary girls’ 4x100 for passing the baton outside the designated lane, awarding the gold to second finisher Western Visayas team.

Despite the disqualification, the Eastern Visayas athletics team went home with its best finish in so many years of zero gold campaign, winning four courtesy of Melissa Escoton, who won 100m hurdles; and Leah Joan Creer who captured three golds in the secondary girls’ 200m dash, 400m run and 4X400 relays.

Aside from Udtohan, other record-breakers in the week-long event include Bryan Pacheco of Central Luzon who won and broke records in shot put, and javelin throw.

Keven Capampangan, gold medalist of the 5000m, earned second gold and set new Palaro record in the 1,500m run while Alexis Soqueno of Western Visayas also shattered the high jump record.

In basketball, NCR five defeated archrival Central Visayas, 90-80, to advance in the finals against host Calabarzon which survived an 81-74 against Western Visayas Region. Finals will be held Saturday. (PNA with reports from ISL of Sun.Star Cebu)

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