Filipino differently-abled athletes won nine gold, 26 silver and 24 bronze medals in the Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games held recently in Newcastle, Australia.
Swimmer Daniel Lanceta won the men’s 50m free M1 event in 46.99 seconds the 50m breaststroke M2 with a time of 1:00.52.
Angelyn Catbagan took the gold in the women’s 20m backstroke F1 (22.53).
The bowling team contributed three golds courtesy of Rey Odicta (men’s singles bowling M05), Sara Ungson (women’s bowling singles F04), and Mark David Inductivo, Roxanne Ng, Rey Odicta and Anton Silos in the team event M6.
Bocce has two golds (men’s doubles M.02 and men’s doubles M.08) and the football team which ruled the five-a-side category.
The silver medals came from the team women’s M5 division, mixed team M4 division, men’s team M5, women’s doubles F03 and men’s singles M06 in bowling; women’s singles F.01, women’s doubles F.01, men’s doubles M.02 and men’s doubles M.14 in bocce; women’s 4×25 freestyle relay, women’s 50m butterfly F2, women’s 25m backstroke, women’s 25m freestyle F1, women’s 25m free F1, men’s 50m free M5, men’s 50m back M4 and women’s 25m free F2 in swimming; women’s shot put F6, women’s 4x100m relay F2, men’s 4x100m relay M2, men’s 400m run M1, men’s 100m run M23 and men’s long jump M9 in athletics; mixed X9 and mixed X9 MS-A in badminton; and the football 11-a-side team.
Winning bronze medals are the bowling’s men’s doubles – M06, women’s doubles M06, men’s doubles M08, women’s singles F05, women’s doubles M03, women’s singles F09, men’s singles M06, women’s doubles M07, team M1, men’s doubles M03 and men’s doubles M06; athletics’ men’s 100m run M09, women’s 100m run F12, men’s 100m run M06, men’s 100m run M10, men’s 4x100m relay M2, men’s long jump M6, men’s 200m run M07 and men’s 100m M07; swimming’s men’s 4x25m freestyle relay M1, men’s 50m freestyle M4 and men’s 50m butterfly M2; and bocce’s women’s doubles F.07 and women’s doubles F.01.
EMIL C. NOGUERA