• Cebuana karateka shines, weightlifters break records in PNG



    Cebuana Marjorie Villareal copped two gold medals in the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games karatedo competitions being held at the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall in Marikina City.

    Villareal topped the women’s 16-17 kata [form]event while Heiddy Chloe Angeles got the silver, and Kristelle Ira Zabala and Kristina Santiago claimed one bronze each.

    Villareal won another gold medal in the female junior kumite [sparring]-53/-59-kg. Juvy Kate Amor finished second, and Wilmarie Joy Patigdas and Mary Joy Rebullos third.

    National mainstays Orencio delos Santos, Trace Lynn Basalo, Mark Andrew Manantan and Bryan Fontillas also dominated their respective events in the tournament supported by Ayala Corp., Summit Mineral Water, Bala Energy Drink, STI Colleges, Splash Islands, Enchanted Kingdom, LBC, 7-Eleven, TV 5 Aktv, Milo Energy Drink, Procter and Gamble, Peak/Kix, Tea Monkey, Standard Insurance, Delos Santos Medical Center, Spin.ph, Everlast, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Employees Association, Palm Plaza Hotel, Orchid Garden Suites and Puregold.

    Delos Santos, a gold medalist in the 2012 International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) World ShotoCup Karate Championships, pocketed the men’s 16-above male kata gold medal. John Cenard Cullera settled for silver while Kevin Mendigoria and Jean Claude Alegro secured one bronze apiece.

    Basalo ruled the women’s 16-above kata, Manantan claimed the male junior kumite -61-kg. gold and Fontillas bagged the male junior kumite -68/-76/+76-kg. gold.

    The other gold medalists are Estiffen Angeles (male junior kumite -55-kg.) Kimberly Karunungan (female junior kumite -48-kg.), Marimar Fontillas (female junior kumite +59-kg.) and Rudolf Luzares (men’s kata 16-17).

    In athletics, Southeast Asian Games veteran Danilo Fresnido won the men’s javelin throw by registering 66.15 meters, beating silver medalist Kenny Gonzales (62.10m) and bronze winner Melvin Calano (60.87m).

    Also earning gold medals in their events are Lambert Padua (men’s 10,000m walk), Mat Crespo (boys’ hammer throw), Aldee Faith Denuyo (junior women’s long jump), Jenyrose Rosales (junior women’s 100m dash), Eddie Edward Jr. (men’s 100m dash), Jomar Udtohan (junior boys’ 100m dash), Mary Diesto (junior girls’ 100m dash), Anfernee Lopena (junior men’s 100m dash) and Janry Ubas (junior men’s high jump).

    Meanwhile, Kelly Kay Rojas and Clark Cuico notched new records in different weight classes in weightlifting competitions at the University of the East activity center in Manila.

    Rojas scored 66 kgs in snatch, 82 kgs in clean and jerk for a total of 148 kgs in winning the women’s 53-kg gold medal, thus erasing the old mark of 65 kgs in snatch, 80 kgs in clean and jerk and 145 kgs total of Emily Rosas registered in 1991.

    Cuico, for his part, scored a new record in the boys’ 46-kg division by lifting 80 kgs in clean and jerk and 140 kgs in total.

    He broke the previous mark of 76 kgs (clean and jerk) and 139 kgs (total) by Edmund del Rosario also set in 1991.


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