TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte: Marvi Rivera of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur won two gold medals in arnis, the Philippines’ national martial art and sport in the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here on Wednesday.
The 10-year old Rivera of Brgy. Pag-Asa, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur ruled the boys’ individual single weapon and boys’ individual sword and dagger events at the NCCC Mall.
“I just listened to my coach every time during the whole competition. Besides, I also had a rigorous training,” the Grade 4 pupil of Dumalinao Regional Pilot School told The Manila Times.
Rivera, who dreams of becoming an engineer someday, is aiming to earn a high school and college scholarship.
“I want to build our own house someday,” said Rivera, who is a beneficiary of the Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy, a local training center where athletes are being housed, fed, and educated.
Davao del Sur’s Christian Lagula (single weapon) and Iloilo City’s Jeavan Susal (sword and dagger) won silver while Thaniel Jan Sapio (single weapon) of Lapu-Lapu City and John Del Jagolino (sword and dagger) of Bacolod bagged bronze.
Meanwhile, swimmer Maenard Batnag bagged five gold medals to emerge as the most bemedalled athlete in the tournament.
The Grade 7 student of Baguio City National High School dominated the boys’ 12-under 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 200m back, 100m freestyle, and 100m back.
“I took swimming just to stay active and lose weight. I did not expect that I will win any medals here in Batang Pinoy,” said Batnag, who registered one minute and 6.76 seconds in the 100m fly to defeat Tanauan City’s Andre Geronimo (1:09.59) and Leonardo Dalman 3rd (1:09.86) of Dipolog City.
The 12-year old Baguio native later topped the 200m individual medley in two minutes and 31.08 seconds followed by Jake Evangelista of Batangas City (2:38.11) and Philip Miguel Mendoza of Laguna (2:38.53).
The other first placers were Davao City standouts Matthieu Adrien Tao and Christian Paul Anor who snatched four gold medals each.
The 17-year old Anor clinched his fourth medal in the 50m event after ruling the boys’ 13-17 100m free, 100m backstroke and 200m back.
Tao, meanwhile, prevailed in the boys’ 12 and under 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle. He also led Davao to winning the 4x50m relay crown.
In athletics, the 2015 Batang Pinoy century dash champion Samantha Gem Limos of Cebu remained unbeaten after finishing with 12.41 seconds, better than her 12.48 seconds record last year.
But technical officials here said the race was wind-assisted and ruled-out Limos’12.39 seconds finish in the semifinals heat as a new record. Track and field Secretary General Renato Unso also affirmed it was wind-assisted.
The 2016 Children of Asia in Russia 100m dash bronze medalist Limos said she is all set to defend her title in the 200m and break her old Batang Pinoy record.
“I will just do better in the 200m,” said the 14-year old Limos, who will also run in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Other gold medalists in athletics were Jan Mervin Francisco of Dasmarinas, Cavite (boys’ 13-15 javelin), Tyronne Exequiel Flores of Dasmarinas, Cavite (boys’ 16-17 discus throw), Archie Sabaria of Aklan (boys’ 13-15 discus throw) Maryland Torres of Bago City (girls’ 16-17 discus throw), Set Abram Pilapil (boys’ 16-17 100m), and Eliza Cuyom of Dasmarinas, Cavite (girls’ 16-17 100m).
Another Dasmarinas bet Veruel Verdadero successfully retained his title in the 100m boys’ 13-15 category by finishing 10.95 seconds. Vince Buhayan of Iloilo (11.43) and Ponce Juenz Cabungcal of Aklan (11.54) finished second and third, respectively.
Other tricksters who also won gold were Sheila Talia of Aklan (girls’ 16-17 long jump), Marizel Buer of South Cotabato (girls’ 13-15 javelin), and Vincent Vianmar Dela Cruz of Bulacan (boys’ 13-15 2000m walk).
In the individual time trial (ITT) race, 16-year old Romas Mojares of Lipa City, Batangas outclassed his rivals by registering 19 minutes and 49 seconds in the boys’ 17-under event.
Finishing second and third, respectively, were Andrew King Remolino of Cebu Province (20:31) and Orlando Sabyon Jr. of Davao City (21:06).
Cebu’s Karen Manayon, on the other hand, bagged her second gold medal in the competition by ruling the girls’ 17-under ITT event with 17:46 minutes. Jeremy Marana of Nueva Ecija (17:51) and Veronica Dildio of Olongapo (18:01) finished second and third, respectively.