Tagbilaran, Aklan swimmers share ‘BP’ limelight

  • Written by Robert Andaya
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DUMAGUETE  --  Four more young and talented  athletes made their presence felt in the pool, while
another one stamped his class in the track in  an  eventful day in Batang Pinoy Visayas here Tuesday.

Gabriel  Manigque  of Tagbilaran City, Ange Lyn Decabo of Bohol,  Jennuel  Booh de Leon of
Aklan and Chloe  Sophia Laurente of Bohol completed  a sweep of  all  their five  events  to  join
Kyla Soguillon of Aklan with  five  gold medals each at the close of the swimming competitions at the
Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center.

Manigque,  who is hoping to redeem himself from a forgettable showing in the recent Palarong
Pambansa in San Jose,  Antique last April, topped the boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter freestyle race in
two minutes and .07.05 second for his fifth straight individual gold  medal.
The 15-year-old son of a former high school swimming standout also pocketed the golds in the
boys' 13-15 50-meter and 200-meter  backstroke, 100-meter backstroke and  400-meter freestyle.
Decabo duplicated Manigque’s success in   this week-long event organized by the Philippine
Sports Commission and hosted by the Dumaguete City government under Mayor Felipe Mariano “Ipe” Remollo  
by ruling the girls 13-15 100-meter breastroke (1:23.59) and 50-meter freestyle (30.69).
Equally impressive were De Leon, who  added  two  more  golds to his collection by winning the
boys 12-under division in the 200-meter freestyle (2:25.46) and  200-meter  butterfly;  and Laurente,
who added the mint in the girls 12-under 200-meter butterfly (2:53.37).
The day also belonged to  boxers John  Kevin  Jimenez of Cebu and Cris Carlos Emnas of  Leyte,
who captured the gold medals in the boys’ light  mosquito weight  (34-36 kg) and  mosquito weight (38
kg), respectively.
Jimenez, the 13-year-old campaigner from a boxing-loving family in Cebu, had an easy time to
win the gold medal.
Dante  Montales  of La  Carlota  settled for the silver medal, while  Charles Gabriel
Asedillas and  John Rubio earned the bronzes.
Elsewhere, Rick Angelo Sotto of Cebu City captured two more golds -- boys triple jump title
and the 4x100-meter relay team -- to boost his total  to four golds at the Gov. Mariano Perdices
Sotto, a  Grade 7 student at the  Ateneo de Cebu, triumphed with a leap of 13.57 meters  in  
the triple jump.
Already the gold medal winner in boys  high jump (1.67) and long  jump (6.29),  Sotto will gun
for his fifth gold medal when he competes in the 4x400-meter relay Wednesday.
In other athletic results,   Jayvee Alvarez and Chin Chin Alkuino of   Leyte   swept  the boys
and girls 800-meter finals in  2:10.05 and  2:27.7, respectively.
Cebu Province  paced the overall standings  with 16 golds, 17 silvers and 25 bronzes.  
Host Dumaguete is  second with  16-10-9,   followed by  Aklan   in third  place  with  14-8-5,   
Cebu City  in   fourth  with 12-24-26 and Bacolod  City  in fifth with 12-8-13.