BY EMIL C. NOGUERA
National Capital Region bet Jean Caluscusin bagged two more gold medals in gymnastics as the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games goes full swing today at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Caluscusin dominated the clubs (8.025 points) and ribbon (8.25) events of the women’s rhythmic gymnastics individual competition. She also got one bronze in hoop (8.225).
Overall, Caluscusin copped three gold medals counting her first mint in the all-around event on Tuesday.
“I’m happy being the top performer in rhythmic gymnastics,” said Caluscusin, a senior education student at Far Eastern University.
Cebuana Karen Velez also made her presence felt by winning two gold and one silver medals. Velez ruled the ball (8.050) and hoop (8.25), and settled for silver in clubs (7.925). Muntilupa’s Anica Joy Sirios was also awarded with a gold medal as she tied with Velez on top in the hoop event with 8.25 points.
In the juniors division, Mikaela Silverio received three citations in winning the ribbon (7.20), ball (7.50) and clubs (7.525) along with Gertrude Anne Ante in the ring category (6.850).
Meanwhile, the opening ceremony is scheduled at 5 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium with PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia, POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr. and PSC Commissioners Jolly Gomez, Buddy Andrada, Iggy Clavecilla and Akiko Thomson gracing the program.
Former Southeast Asian Games long jump champion Elma Muros-Posadas will give an inspirational talk while weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz leads the oath of sportsmanship.
There are six gold medals at stake in canoe-kayak and dragon boat race today to be held in Manila bay. Events on tap are kayak racing single men, kayak touring single (men and women), kayak touring tandem mixed, canoe racing single men and dragonboat 20-seater mixed.
Archery will also begin today at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa Manila as well as the powerlifting at the Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City.
Thirteen more sports disciplines will start on Saturday. They are baseball, billiards, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, tae kwon do and weightlifting.