CamSur bet captures first Batang Pinoy gold

September 18, 2018
Mary Grace Joson
Mary Grace Joson of Camarines Sur in action. Photo courtesy of Rey Nillama

BAGUIO CITY -- Mary Grace Joson of Camarines Sur triumphed in the girls’ track and field and  Mikaela  Jasmine Mojdeh of  Paranaque shone in swimming as hostilities in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Championship  went into full blast at the Baguio Athletic Bowl  here Monday. 

Joson,  a  15-year-old Grade 9 student of  Camarines Sur Sports Academy, posted 26.87 meters to capture  the  gold  in the girls discus throw and earn the distinction  as the first-ever gold medalist in the  week-long event being held in this scenic mountain resort city still recovering from the  onslaught of super  typhoon Ompong.

“Masaya po ako sa  panalo kong ito. Alay  ko ito sa pamilya ko,  lalo na  sa mama at pati na  sa  aking papa, na hindi ko pa  nakikita mula ng ako ay ipinanganak,” said Joson, one of two children of  an  engineer working in  United Arab Emirates.

“Hiwalay po sila kaya hindi ko pa nakikita papa ko,” explained Joson, who also surpassed her  bronze-medal  finish  Batang  Pinoy  Luzon qualifying leg  in Vigan last  October.

Joson  is  also scheduled  to see action in  javelin and shot put events.

Jamine Ledina of Zambales and  Althea Guadalupe of General Santos City finished second and third, respectively.

Ledina had  26.64m while Guadalupe  had 26.54m.

Sharing  the limelight  was Mojdeh, who clocked  1:05.92 in winning the  girls 100m   butterfly  over  Jaye Dignadice  of Puerto Princesa City ( 1:12.16) and Chloe Sophia Laurenre of Ormpc City (1:12.34).

“Ito po ang unang  Batang Pinoy ko tapos nanalo agad kaya masaya po ako ngayon,” said Mojdeh, a  Grade 7 student of Inmaculate  Heart of Mary College-Paranaque.

The 12-year-old  Mojdeh dedicated the  triumph to her coach-adviser,  Susan Papa.

Before coming to Baguio,  Mojdeh is fresh from  bagging four gold medals in 200 IM,  100m free,  50m free  and  50m freestyle during the Singapore Open in Singapore  recently.

Her next tournament is the Buccaneers Invitationals in Tokyo, Japan.

Swimming also produced double gold medalists in Roz Ciaralene Encarnacion of Laguna Province and Althea Michel Baluyot of Quezon City in the girls division; and Markus Johannees De Kam  and Mervien Jules Mirandilla of L6xena in the category.

Encarnacion swept the golds in the girls 12-under 200-meter individual medley in two minutes  and 40.97 seconds and girls 12-under 50m breaststroke in 37.33 seconds.

The 13-year-old student from  Alaminos Integrated  National High School is scheduled  to compete  in  three more events  --  the 100m and 200m breastroke and 200m freestyle

Baluyot  dominated  the girls 13-15 100m frees in 1:01.16) and 100m fly in 1:06.98.

Lucena  struck on  victories by De Kam,  who  topped  the boys 12-under 100m  freestyle   (59.11sec) and the 50m  backstroke (32.27sec);  and  Mirandilla, who  ruled the  boys 13-15 100m  free (58.38sec) and 100m butterfly.

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