TAGBILARAN, Bohol --Central Visayas added 12 golds, five silvers and six bronzes to pull away in the medal race, even as Rocky Ramos, Laila Manganoon, Gio de Vera, and Sharlemaine Harris crowned themselves as the fastest runners in the 2018 National PRISAA Games here.
Powerhouse Western Visayas swam to 11 golds, 10 silvers and seven bronzes and got five more golds in athletics on the heroics of Louie Baton 5000m walk men (29:02.65), Rowell Christian Derecho 200m men (22.25 seconds), Kim Villaruz 1500m secondary girls (5:31.65), John Renzy javelin men 45.96 meters), and high jump women Anlyn Saul 1.41 meters).
Ramos and Manganoon, both from Region I, ruled the men’s and women’s divisions in 10.06 and 12.85 seconds, respectively, and De Vera of Cagayan Valley, topped the secondary boys in 11.08 seconds and Harris of Bicol dominated the secondary girls in 12.38 seconds.
Harris became the only runner from Bicol to win the century dash, ab event traditionally dominated by runners from Visayas and Mindanao.
Kent Francen Cagape and Razel Cabajar led CV medal assault at the pool with three golds each and Joshua Tubesa got two as the Cebu-led delegation turned the pool into a veritable goldmine like they did last year where they won the senior overall championship five straight times.
Central Visayas appears headed for a sixth championsip in the annual event supported by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William Ramirez.
CV paced the senior category with 37-19-17 total medals, way ahead of second running Western Mindanao 16-5-3 and WV 13-19-15.
The Cebu-led athletes also threatened to end WV’s three-year dominance of the youth division with 33-16-1 total medals, closely behind at second at WV 33-29-17, and Davao Region is far third 11-10-12.