BANGKOK: The Philippines continued its impressive run in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club Invitational Swimming Championships, chalking up 14 more gold medals on Sunday.
Palarong Pambansa standout Zean Terrence Zamora made another dazzling performance as he grabbed three more gold medals, all in record fashion, in Day Two of the tournament.
Zamora, a Grade 8 student at University of Santo Tomas, submitted 1:07.58 in the boys’ 11-12 100-meter backstroke, good enough to surpass the 1:08.13 nine-year-old mark of Garet Tan of Singapore.
He sizzled anew in the 200-meter individual medley (IM) as he registered 2:25.00 in beating the 2:27.11 former record of Jirapat Rimpranam of Thailand in 2012 before topping the 50m butterfly in 28.69 second and erased the 29.25 mark of Nathan Stern of Thailand also in 2012.
Zamora has harvested six individual golds after ruling the 100m freestyle, 100 butterfly and 50m backstroke events in Day One.
University of the Philippines’ Ma. Claire Adorna also earned three more gold medals. She topped the girls 15-Over 200m IM in 2:30.13 to outdo the 2:32.18 old mark of Hannah Wilson of Hong Kong in 2004 then ruled the 100m backstroke in 1:08.82 to go beyond the 1:09.99 old record of Sian Evans of Hong Kong in 2006.
Adorna also won the 50m butterfly in 30.79.
“Despite the calamities we had back in the Philippines and the ongoing struggle here in Bangkok, the kids were able to deliver. They want to dedicate this win to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda since some of their friends in the swimming community are from the Visayas region,” said Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa.
“They want to bring honor to country to uplift the spirit of the Filipino people especially those in Tacloban. There are lots of good swimmers in Visayas,” added the swimming chief.
Also winning gold medals are Yuri Ilustre in boys’ 13-14 200m IM (2:25.23) and 100m breaststroke (1:15.30), Joy Rodgers in girls’ 15-Over 100m breaststroke (1:18.12), Jifrey Azor in boys’ 15-Over 100m backstroke (1:10.53) and Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen in boys’ 9 years old 50m butterfly (34.34).
The Philippines won three more gold medals in the team events.
It took the girls’ 8-Under 200m medley relay title with a time of 3:03.93, better than the 3:05.98 of Thailand in 2012, the boys’ 15-Over 200m medley relay crown in 2:01.64, edging the 2:02.90 of Hong Kong in 2012, and the girls’15-Over 200m medley relay in 2:09.49.
Team Philippines, sponsored by the Philippine Airlines and the PSL, now has 22 gold medals.
EMIL C. NOGUERA