STA. Cruz, Laguna: Bryan Pacheco of Central Luzon won and established a new record in the secondary boys’ shot put event in the first day of the 57th Palarong Pambansa, on Monday at the sprawling Laguna Sports Complex in Barangay Bubukal here.
Pacheco hurled the 6 kilograms iron ball to a distance of 15.32 meters shattering the old mark of 13.90 set by Jay Cabanyug of Western Visayas in 2012 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
But athletic officials explained that the record of 13.19 meters in the heavier 7.26 kilograms category established by Arthur Enon of Western Visayas in 1990 stays.
The silver medal in secondary boys shot was won by Ronmols Andaya of Zamboanga Peninsula that posted 14.46 while the bronze medal was bagged by Wendell Llanes of Calabarzon who notched 14.07.
Sixteen-year-old Zeanne Cabrera of Laguna topped the girls’ secondary javelin throw with an output of 40.31 meters to become the first gold medalist in the week-long competition. Cabrera finished second in the same event last year.
“I lost last year, so this is a vindication. I’m more focus and more prepared this year because I’ll be competing before my provincemates,” said Cabrera, who aims to continue her athletics journey as a freshman at the Far Eastern University this coming school year.
Finishing second was Monica Loiuse Andaya from the National Capital Region with 39.36 and last year’s champion Jerrymay Rubias who posted 38.06.
Jose Jerry Belibestre of Western Visayas won the gold in the secondary boys’ long jump with 7.08 followed by James Martin Esteban of Central Luzon with 6.70 and Jay Osoteo Erson also of Central Luzon with 6.55.
Actions resume today with seven gold medals at stake in athletics. The elimination round for volleyball, softball, chess, football, softball, basketball and baseball also resumes at the LSC complex.
Meanwhile, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was a no-show in the opening rites. The ceremony was attended by guests of honor former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Tesda Executive Director Joel Villanueva.
“I am already a senior citizen now but still we don’t have a gold medal in the Olympics. I hope that through this 2014 Palarong Pambansa here in Laguna we would produce an athlete, who will win our first Olympic gold medal,” said Estrada, who was born in Pagsanjan, Laguna.