SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – Mary Queen Ybanez of Ilocos Region grabbed three
more gold medals in archery Wednesday to move closer to her quest of eight golds
in the 57th Palarong Pambansa at the Laguna Sports Complex in Barangay Bubukal here.
The 16-year-old Ybanez, who graduated last March from the Lorma College Special Science High School in San Juan, La Union, won the secondary girls 50-m event with 325 points, 60-m event with 313 points and later added the single round Fita to bring her total to five golds.
She will still compete in the individual Olympic round, Olympic team event and mixed boys and girls event in the last day of competition to hopefully become the most bemedalled athlete in the 2014 Palaro.
|I have less stress now. So I am more focused. That’s why not even the exhausting heat and windy condition could distract me,” said Ybanez, who won three golds, one silver and one bronze last year in Dumaguete City.
The incoming college freshman at the St. Louis University in Baguio City also won the 30-m event and 40-m target using an expensive P100,000 recurve bow last Tuesday.
“She has a very strong confidence. And she practiced hard, that’s why, she is the most potential archer that we have right now in our country. I have high hopes on her,” said 14-year national coach Henry Manalang, who mentored Sydney Olympian Jasmine Figueroa and Athens Olympian Jennifer Chan.
In arnis at the Laguna State University activity center, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) dominated the third day action with six golds from Joemarson Rey Abodadi in the anyo individual single weapon and anyo individual double weapon in the boys secondary level.
CAR’s Josh Monroc Yalong, Sheen Michael Pakilon and Eric Gagawa won the gold in the secondary boys team synchronized double weapon while teammates Shaina Jane Salingbay, Eza Rai Yalong and Cristel Baltazar of CAR also won the girls team synchronized single weapon with Felvy Ah-Ul, Eza Rai Yalong and Cristel Baltazar winning the girls synchronized double weapon.
The sixth gold for CAR came from Ravena Murillo after scoring 67.0 points to win the elementary level individual anyo solo baston. Bicol Region also won three golds in arnis courtesy of Jasper Esquilon and Gabrial Armenta in the anyo mixed double identical weapon. Esquilon and Armenta teamed-up with Kemberly Madrona to win the team synchronized anyo mixed event and team anyo synchronized mixed
Swimming results at the LSC Aquatic Center showed Imee Joyce Saavedra of National Capital Region posting 2:16.72 in the girls 12-year and under 200-m freestyle to surpass the 2:18.86 record of Catherine Bondad of Calabarzon in 2010. Seth Isaac Martin also of NCR also set a new record of 1:07.21 in the boys 12-year and under 100-breaststroke, which shattered the old mark of 1:07.56 by Evan
Gravador in 1998.
Also setting a new record in swimming was the NCR relay team of Andrew Gibson, Aryan Anastacio, Orlando Reyes and Michael Pinpin in the 12-year and under 200-m medley relay with a time of 2:06.02 which bettered the old mark of 2:07.33 by NCR team in 2011.
In athletics, Calabarzon’s Kenneth Paul Rafanan won the secondary boys discuss throw with 40.60-meters. Bryan Pacheco of Central Luzon was second with 36.94-m.
Jaime Immanuel Mejia of NCR ruled the boys secondary 400-m hurdles
with 54.70-sec, while Josefina Yjay Baloloy of Calabarzon ruled the
girls secondary 400-m hurdles with a time of 1:04.1.