• Cebu bets shine in Batang Pinoy triathlon

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    TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte: Cebu’s Moira Frances Gabrielle Erediano and Karen Andrea Manayon topped the triathlon event of the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships on Monday at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here.

    The 12-year-old Erediano clocked 24 minutes and 19 seconds to bag the gold medal in the girls’ 11-12 years 200meter-6km-1.5km swim-bike-run.

    “I am happy that I won again today,” said the shy-type Ere­diano, who gave Cebu Province its first gold medal in the weeklong tournament when she dominated the cycling event.

    Moira Frances Gabrielle Erediano, 12 years old, bites her second gold medal for the 11-12 years category of the triathlon competition during the 2016 Batang Pinoy being held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte. PSC PHOTO

    Moira Frances Gabrielle Erediano, 12 years old, bites her second gold medal for the 11-12 years category of the triathlon competition during the 2016 Batang Pinoy being held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte. PSC PHOTO

    Erediano, a sixth grade student at Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, ran past Alison Noble of La Union, who crossed the finish line one minute and 15 seconds later to settle for silver. Jeanna Mariel Canete of Cebu Province got a bronze with her 27-minute flat time.

    Erediano is set to compete in duathlon and road race today (Tuesday).

    “She has a good chance if she would allow herself to follow our game plan,” said Erediano’s father, Fritz.

    Despite her violation, the 14-year-old Manayon, still topped the girls’ 13-15 400m-12km-3k triathlon event.

    Manayon was penalized with 20 seconds when she left her goggles and head cap out of the basket during the swim-bike transition.

    “I was a bit saddened but I did not lose hope since I knew I will win because it was evident that I am the frontrunner in the race,” said the 2016 Alaska IronKids bronze medalist during the post-game interview.

    Everly Janirie Macalalad of Muntinlupa City and Quezon City’s Nicole Danielle Eijan­santos received the silver and bronze, respectively.

    In athletics, Raymund Lopez of Agusan del Sur walked the fastest to claim the gold in the boys’ 16-17 5,000m while Trexie Dela Torre of Negros Occidental jumped 5.17 meters to take home the crown in the girls’ 13-15 long jump.

    Other gold medalists in athletics were Jil Iron Tabuena (shot put 16-17 years), Francis Games San Gabriel (boys’ 2,000m walk 16-17) and Rose Bok (girls’ 2,000m walk 16-17).

    In other events, Neo-Jene Daciego of La Union Province thumped Nezy Hea Audrine Hare of South Cotabato, 637-595, in the yeoman girls’ archery qualification round. Audrine and Negros Oriental’s Naina Domi­nique Tagle (587) finished second and third, respectively.

    In the yeoman boys’ event, Baguio City’s Jemuelle James Espiritu bagged the gold with 708 points, followed by silver medalist Alfred Migz Borra (607) of South Cotabato and bronze titlist Geriemee Ranchez (594) of La Union Province.

    South Cotabato’s Vynes Jade Diano, on the other hand, bagged the gold after a one-point advantage against second placer Danielle Jasmin Espiritu, 689-688, in the bowman girl’s division. Another Baguio City bet Adrienne Ysabel Parayno finished third.

    John Carlo Loreno (664) of Koronadal City, Francis Raphael Navor (652) of La Union, and Jeremiah Adrian Basadre (646) of Koronadal filled the 1-2-3 positions in the bowman boys’, respectively.

    In pencak silat, Zamboanga Province dominated the competition after copping nine golds and one silver medal.

    Zamboanga’s pride Alessandra Bernardo (7-11 girls), Tyron Bernardo (11-14 boys), Hannah Seins Leano (11-14 girls), and Noreen Bendano (14-17 girls) finished first while Kabankalan City of Negros Occidental bets Harrajie Bayabao (7-11), Harvi Bayabao (11-14), Caila Sheenyl Bajilidad (11-14), Melchor Porfirio (14-17) of Zamboanga and Hannah Mae Ibutnande (14-17) of Aklan finished second in their respective Tunggal events.

    On the other hand, Genesis Marana of Nueva Ecija opened the Batang Pinoy 2016 on a high note after bagging two gold medals in cycling.

    She snatched gold in the criterium girls’ under-15 and U17 after clocking 14 minutes, 34 seconds in the U15 division and crossing the finish line 23 minutes and 30 seconds in the U17 event.

    Marana was a former trackster, who won a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles during the 2013 Palarong Pambansa, before shifting to cycling.

    Davao City’s Myra Regina Acedo placed second (14.39 minutes) while Cebu’s Karen Mamayon finished third (14.39) in the girls’ U15.

    In the boys’ 10-14 years criterium bracket, Joseff Miguel Quirino recorded a 10-minute flat time to win the gold medal while Jose Emmanuel of Lipa City, Batangas ruled the boys’ 14-15 years in 13.01 minutes.

    Over 13,000 young athletes ages 17 and under are competing in the weeklong Philippine National Youth Games.

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