• BATANG PINOY: Ilonggo girl, Baguio boy lead gold medal haul

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    BACOLOD CITY – Crystal AJ Bartonico of Iloilo City grabbed six golds in arnis and Jenkins Lorenzo Labao of Baguio City won seven in swimming on Friday in the Batang Pinoy National Finals at the Pana-ad Sports Park and Stadium here.
    The 15-year-old Bartonico contributed to Iloilo City’s nine-gold haul in arnis. She topped the girls single weapon solo performance and the double weapon solo. She completed her dominance by dominating the girls sword and dagger solo performance.

    A few hours later, Bartonico teamed up with  Marjolione Pudadera and Ma. Chabelita Gonzulado to finish first in the team single weapon, team double weapon and team sword and dagger events.
    “I am very thankful to my coach Iresh Crizelle de Leon and to God for this victory. I really practice hard for at least six hours a day in preparation for this tournament,” said the petite Bartonico, a fourth year high school student at Jalandoni Memorial National High School.
    The daughter of also arnis expert Jose Marcelo, a high school teacher and Fatima, likewise won three golds in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan and another three golds in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City.
    Other golds of Iloilo City in arnis were courtesy of brothers JohnChristian, John Clark, John Carl Segutier in the boys team  single weapon, team double weapon and team sword and dagger events.

    Marc Andrew Orcena of Rizal Province won the gold in the boys single weapon solo, while Aklan’s John Lloyd Salazar dominated the boys sword and dagger solo and Evan Jannery Pinas of Iloilo in the boys single weapon solo performance.
    Labao capped his campaign by winning golds in the boys 13-15-year-old 100-m butterfly (1:02.33) and 200-m individual medley (2:21.81).

    He earlier won the 400-m freestyle (4:34.87), 200-m medley relay (2:07.05), 50-m butterfly (28.14), 200-m freestyle (1:52.51) and 400-m individual medley (5:08.94).
    Marc Audry Santos of Malolos, Bulacan, also won four golds and a silver in swimming. The first was in the 11-12-year-old boys 200m freestyle 2:15.75), 1,500-m freestyle (18:48.14), 400-m freestyle (4:44.71) and 100-m freestyle (1:03.08). His silver medal came from the 200-m butterfly (2:37.52).
    Alexis Soqueno of Negros Occidental and Karen Janario
    of Leyte dominated athletics with five golds each. The duo grabbed the gold in the boys and girls 400-m relay respectively in the last day of competition.
    In addition to the boys 4×400-m relay (3:34.6), the 15-year-old
    Soqueno ruled the boys 110-m boys hurdles (14.77-sec) in
    record-breaking fashion, the boys high jump also in record-breaking feat (1.93-m) and boys 4-100-m relay (44.9).
    The 14-year-old Janario, a survivor of super typhoon Yolanda, added the girls 4×400-m relay (4:07.8) to her collection.

    She earlier set a new record in the girls 200-m dash (25.7), girls 100-m dash (12.71-sec.), 100-m hurdles (16.46) and girls 4×100-m relay (51.5-sec.).
    At the end of the track and field event, co-host Negros Occidental topped with 10 golds and three bronzes followed by Urdaneta, Pangasinan (2-5-5) and Baguio City (2-1-1).
    Iloilo Province finished with 1-3-0 and Dasmarinas, Cavite, fifth with 1-2-1.
    In the triathlon also being held at the Panaad Sports Complex, Julius Constantino of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, finished the 400-m swimming, 8.4-km. bike and 2-km run event with a time of 27:00 minutes to win the gold while Nicole Eijansantos of Quezon City ruled the girls side in 29:50, relegating Lauren Justine Plaza of Binan, Laguna, to second (30:05) and Victoria Deldio (30:39) of Olongapo to third.
    “This is my first time in Batang Pinoy. It’s really tough but I was
    prepared for this competition especially in swimming,” said the
    12-year-old Eijansantos, who led from start to finish.

    FRANK CALAPRE

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