STA. CRUZ, Laguna – A javelin thrower from host province Laguna won the first gold medal at stake in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa Sunday at the Laguna Sports Complex here.
After three Palaro, Zianne Faith Cabrera of Region IV-A finally clinched her first ever Palaro gold after ruling the secondary girls’ javelin with a throw of 40.31 meters.
Cabrera, a 16-year-old athletic scholar from the Far Eastern University (FEU), bested National Capital Region (NCR)’s Monica Luis Andaya and Western Visayas Region Athletic Association (WVRAA)’s Jeremay Rubias.
Andaya had a throw of 39.36-m while Rubias, the 2013 Palaro champion, settled for third with 38.06-m.
”I’m so happy that I finally won the gold medal after three Palaro and I won it on my last Palaro right here in my home province,” Cabrera said.
It was a big improvement for Cabrera who finished sixth in the 2013 Palaro in Dumaguete City.
”I really worked hard for this Palaro because I want to win the gold medal,” she said.
For winning the gold, Cabrera will receive a P5,000 cash reward from Laguna Gov. Jeorge ‘ER’ Ejercito Estregan.
”I will give it (cash award) to my parents,” Cabrera, third of the seven children of Valentino and Leigh from Binan City, said.
West Visayas captured its first gold medal courtesy of Jose Gerry Belibestre who won the secondary boys’ long jump with a leap of 7.08 meters.
The 15-year-old Belibestre defeated Martin James Esteban and Orseon Jay Osoteo, both from Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA).
Esteban settled for silver with a leap of 6.70 meters while Osoteo got the bronze with 6.55-m effort.
Esteban will also compete in the secondary boys’ 100 meter dash.