Former national team member Janette Escallona copped two gold medals at the start of the canoe-kayak/dragonboat competitions of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games on Friday at the Manila Bay in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
The 27-year-old Escallona ruled the women’s kayak touring 5,000-meter race in 30 minutes and 25.14 seconds, ahead of silver medalist Rosalyn Esguerra (31:27.95) and bronze winner Leonita Banlat (34:28.11).
Escallona later on connived with Edgar Galang in topping the kayak touring 5,000m mixed event with a time of 35:14.89. They beat second placers Florence Caro and Madonna Cadion (36:16.45) and third placers Hermie Macaranas and Mary Jhoy Cacal (36:26.42).
In kayak racing 5,000m men’s single, Alex Generalo submitted 20:56.66 in nipping Daniel Ortega, who settled for silver with 21:05.64 and Edward Galang, who registered 22:26.54 for bronze.
Other winners are gold medalist Reggie Palatao (29:02.52) and silver medalist Kim Gabriel (29:11.34) in kayak touring 5,000m men’s single; and gold medalist Ojay Fuentes (26:18.92), silver medalist Reymart Nevado (27:33.83) and Dany Funelas (30:21.70) in canoe racing 5,000m men’s single.
The canoe-kayak/dragonboat competitions will resume today with nine gold medals at stake in the 500m distance events—canoe racing single men, kayak racing single men, kayak touring single (men and women), dragonboat mixed, men and women (20-seater and 10-seater) and D2 mixed.
Emil C. Noguera