Golfer sustains PH campaign in Universiade

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GWANGJU, South Korea: Golfer Lloyd Jefferson Go kept the Philippine flag flying in the 2015 Summer World University Games as he finished fourth in the first round of the men’s individual golf competitions at the Naju Gold Lake Country Club on Thursday.

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The 20-year-old Go put on a strong start with three-under 69, just two strokes behind leader Natipong Srithong of Thailand (67) and second placers Teaghan Gauche of South Africa and Michael Howard of Great Britain, who both scored 68.

Another Filipino bet Nico Evangelista wound up 48th with 81.

Go, a business accounting student at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and Evangelista, a Johnson and Wales University-Miami standout, combined for 150 for 12th place after first round of the team event.

in swimming at the Nambu University Aquatic Center, Philippine Swimming League standout Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines-Diliman wound up sixth in Heat 3 of the women’s 50m breaststroke (35.90) while Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos-Cebu was eighth in Heat 4 of the women’s 50m freestyle (28.32).

The other entries were Casy Gumabong (second in Heat 1 men’s 50m freestyle), Marvin Paralisan (fourth in Heat 2 men’s 50m freestyle) and Arianne Alcantara (first in Heat 1 women’s 50m freestyle).

“Yung mga foreign coaches dito, nakikita yung potential sa swimmers natin and they told us to continue our program. Talagang saludo sila sa mga bata dahil lumalaban, andun yung passion nila,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

“We want a lot more swimmers to experience this kind of exposure. Talagang matututo sila dito. Maraming coaches ang willing magbigay ng tips especially yung mga Americans, Australians and South Africans,” Papa added.

In poomsae, Alyssa Daileg and George Chua were ninth place in the mixed event following their 5.950 earned 3.55 precision and 2.40 accuracy.

Host South Korea bagged the gold medal with 7.630 points while Mexico’s Ollin Medina Lopez and Vaslav Ayala (7.610), and Taiwan’s ChenYi-hsuan and Li Cheng-gang (7.450) took the silver and bronze, respectively.

Overall, South Korea is still leading with 28 golds, 20 silvers and 15 bronzes followed by China (21-13-9), Japan (16-14-18), Russia (14-23-26), US (12-9-10), France (11-4-4), Italy (6-8-11), Ukraine (5-10-5) and Great Britain (2-3-3).

The World University Games also known as the Universiade is organized by International University Sports Federation under the motto “Excellence in Mind and Body.” It is a multisporting event for university students aiming to promote education and culture as well as building friendship through sports.

It is the largest sporting event next to the Olympics, better than the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and other regional sporting events.

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