Gymnasts, tracksters display prowess on Day 2 of Palaro

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John Marvin Rafols, Grade 10 of University of Visayas, Central Visayas posts 6.91 meters in the long jump event of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa at the Bicol University Sports Complex in Legazpi City, Albay. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

John Marvin Rafols, Grade 10 of University of Visayas, Central Visayas posts 6.91 meters in the long jump event of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa at the Bicol University Sports Complex in Legazpi City, Albay. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

Former Palarong Pambansa champion Carlos Edriel Yulo bagged two gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the boys’ junior artistic gymnastics event of the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships held at the Xfinity Arena-Everett Community College in Everett, Washington in US.

Yulo, who also won two gold medals in the 2014 Asean School Games, garnered 14.800 points in the floor exercise to win his first gold medal in the tournament participated by more than 200 gymnasts from some 30 countries. He defeated silver medalist Doi Ryosuke of Japan (14.150) and bronze winner Jose David Toro of Colombia (13.525).

The 15-year-old Yulo grabbed his second gold by topping the vault event via his 14.850-point showing, beating Alan Shiao of Taiwan (14.400) and Kanta Amano of Japan (14.150), who settled for second and third, respectively.

In parallel bars, the Araullo High School standout finished second with 13.650 points, just .100 point behind eventual champion Kosuke Wakasa of Japan, who registered 13.750 points.


Yulo also secured another silver in the still rings event by scoring 13.525 points.

This time, Amano took the gold with 13.950 points while Ryuto Sako of Japan wound up third with 13.500 points.

In high bar, Yulo failed to make it to the podium following his 12.850-point performance against gold medalist Ryuto Sako of Japan (14.000), silver medalist Amano (13.850) and bronze medalist Anthony Tawfik of Canada (13.475).

Yulo had a total of 81.20 points to claim the bronze in all-around.

Not as lucky were John Mathew Vergara, who placed eighth in the boys’ junior artistic gymnastics floor (12.300), and Singapore Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Rey Capellan, who finished seventh in the men’s senior artistic gymnastics floor exercise (13.750) and vault (13.587).

In athletics, Davao’s Mea Gey Ninura captured the gold medal in the 3000-meter run.

Ninura of Davao beat Jie Anne Calis and Camila Tubiano of Northern Mindanao with a record-breaking 10.03.4.

Calis posted 10:07.8 while Tubiano registered 10:45 finishing second and third, respectively.

The other gold medal winners were Ronal Lacson of Western Visayas (javelin throw secondary boys), John Marvin Rafols of Central Visayas (long jump secondary boys), and Daniel Camonoga of Bicol Region (shot put elementary girls).

Lacson posted 55.81 with Marjoe Igbalic of Davao Region and Noel Balutan of Region IV-B notching 55.45 and 51.14, respectively.

Rafols posted 6.91 meters while Camonoga notched 9.42 meters.

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