Camille Lauren Buico, a standout swimmer during the 2015 Batang Pinoy, won a bronze medal at the start of the Philippines’ campaign in the 6th Children of Asia International Games on Thursday in Yakutsk, Russia.
The 13-year old neophyte tanker posted a time record of 2:28.96 in the girl’s 200-meter butterfly event. Chat Yan and Nathalie Ko of Hong Kong finished first and second, respectively.
Buico, a winner of five gold medals in the 2015 Batang Pinoy, also broke her old butterfly stroke record of 2:30.50.
The eight grader Buico from the University of Santo Tomas was elated to have won a medal in her first international stint.
Meanwhile, the other five Filipino swimmers are yet to make a podium finish against their rivals from 40 countries.
Joaquin Santos finished fourth in the 200-meter butterfly event with a personal best of 2:09.41. He finished ninth overall in the 1,500m freestyle.
Rafael Barreto ranked eighth out of 47 swimmers in the 100meter freestyle despite finishing third in his heat with 54.10 seconds.
Samantha Coronel, competing in a field of 30, finished 12th in the 200m backstroke and 19th in the100m freestyle while Zoe Marie Hilario finished 15th in the 200m backstroke.
In other sports, Jann Mari Nayre of table tennis lost his boy’s singles group match against South Korean Hyeonggyu Woo, 8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 10-12, while Kyla Cielo Bernaldez bowed to Leung Ka Hwan of Hong Kong in girl’s singles.
In chess, John Miciano and Bea Mendoza survived their first round matches. Miciano is fourth seed while Mendoza is eighth. Manilyn Cabungcag of Escalante City elicited a draw from her Russian rival while Chris Aldritz Pondoyo lost his match in the first day of the competition.
In boxing, flyweight Christian Pitt Laurente advanced to the quarterfinals after notching a convincing unanimous decision win (30-27,30-27,30-27) against Stephan Ammosov of host nation Sakha Republic-Yakutia, Russia.
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