Davao City drew strength from judo, taekwondo and swimming to keep General Santos City at bay in the race for overall supremacy on Friday in the Mindanao qualifying leg of the 2013 Batang Pinoy Games in Tagum City.
Samantha Cambronero brought home six gold medals after capping her exploits with victories in the girls’ 13-15 200m individual medley and 100m breast stroke at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism center swimming pool here.
Fritz Jun Rodriguez also sparkled in the pool with five gold medals following impressive performances in the boys’ 12-under 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke at the end of swimming competitions.
Overall, Davao City captured 29 gold medals in the sport with Sheanetelle Fox, Katrina Nicole Aguelo, Juan Antonio Mendoza, Chyll Bea Amparo, Zoe Marie Hilario and Pia Alissandra Ballos contributing to the cause.
Davao City also asserted its mastery in judo and taekwondo with a combined output of 13 gold medals that hiked the city’s medal collection to 49 gold medals, 40 silvers and 26 bronzes.
Judokas James Ryan (-73kg), Andre Tequin (-55kg) and Chino Tancontian (-50kg) ruled their respective weight classes in the boys’ division while Sydney Tancontian (-70kg), Charrisse Aseneta (-52kg), Steffany Calamba (-44kg) and Jhanen Marcos (-40kg) won in the girls side.
Taekwondo jins Jasa Jane Tevar (middleweight), Patricio Jhoy Villejo (heavy), flyweight Patricia Anne Go, welter Enrico Fronteras, heavy weight Jay Lourd Malisa Jr. and bantam Jomar Carolino also delivered for Davao City.
Davao City pride Ella Grace Moulic won another gold in girls’ rapid chess after taking the blitz title two days ago while gymnasts from Sta. Ana National High School of Davao City defeated Maguinda High School of Butuan City for the cheerleading crown.
Also getting the job done for Davao City was lifter Christian Albert Alegada (34kg) in boys’ weightlifting.
After picking 13 gold medals in athletics, nine in pencak silat and a pair of victories in chess, General Santos City slowed down in medal-rich swimming (seven golds) and taekwondo (two) for a 33-23-19, gold-silver-bronze haul.
Iligan City (9-16-11) is third overall while host Davao del Norte has eight gold medals, six silvers and 20 bronzes with most of its victories coming from swimming and taekwondo.