BACOLOD City: Quezon City opened its campaign in Batang Pinoy finals by winning five gold medals in swimming while Reymark Quezada of Baguio City captured the first gold in athletics on Wednesday at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium here.
Quezada, a third year high school student at the Baguio City National High School, posted 17:10.15 minutes to win the boys 5,000-meter run, the first event in the five-day meet for athletes 15-year-old and below.
The 15-year-old son of a carpenter Quezada, who dreams of becoming an Olympian someday, beat James Galena of Candon City in the last 100 meters to grab the gold medal. Galina notched 17:20.7 for the silver and Cebu City’s Ivan Miguel Santos posted 17:47.2.
“I really hope to compete in the Olympics someday. And bring home glory for the country,” said Quezada.
He hopes also to win the gold medals in both boys’ 1,500-m run and 800-m run in the next two days, the same event that he would also join in the forthcoming 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna in April.
In the girls side, Romerose Villanueva, 15, also a third year high school student at the Romanito Maravilla National High School in Bacolod City but representing Negros Occidental became the meet’s first female gold medalist after dominating the girls 5.18-meter long jump event. Finishing second and third respectively were Rosemarie Olorvida of LSA-Smart (5.10-m) and Taguig’s Gianeli Gatinga (5.05-m).
In the girls’ 2,000-m walk, Mariz Sabado of Pangasinan finished with a time record of 14:23.6-minutes to win the gold followed by teammate Kimxyros Macanas (14:41.3) and Marie Valencia Celeste of Bacolod (15:02.6). Jeremy Lanz Halongong of Iloilo ruled the boys’ discuss throw with a record of 36.30-m.
In gymnastics, Parañaque dominated the cheerleading competition with a score of 232.5, Iligan City ruled group stunts with a score of 122.5 and Iriga City won the cheer dance event with 249 points.
In aquatics, Kirsten Chloe Daos topped the girls’ 13-15-year-old 400-m freestyle, Joshua Taleon won the gold in the boys’ 13-15-year-old 50-m breastroke, Raissa Regati Gavi–no won the girls’ 13-15-year-old 50-breastroke and Philip Joaquin Santos the 11-12-year-old 200-m butterfly.