Promising wrestlers Kristine Jambora of New Era University and Richelle Piollo of Makati led the double-gold medalists in the wrestling events of the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games at the Robinsons Manila in Malate.
The 17-year-old Jambora, a bronze medalist in the 2013 Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Wrestling Championship, dominated the women’s 44-kilogram freestyle and the junior 44-kg. freestyle events. Piollo ruled the women’s 48-kg. freestyle and junior 48-kg. freestyle categories.
Sharing the limelight was Minalyn Foy-os, who topped the women’s 55-kg. freestyle and junior 55-kg. freestyle. Maribel Angana (women’s 51-kg. freestyle), Rosegyn Malabja (junior 48-kg. freestyle), Ma. Cristina Vergara (women’s 59-kg. freestyle) and Marirose Marinas (women’s 63-kg. freestyle), won in their weight classes.
In the men’s Greco Roman, national team members Margarito Angana (55-kg.) and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jason Balabal (84-kg.) took one gold each along with Noel Norada in 60-kg., Jose Romulo Terio in 66-kg., Ismael Trazona in 74-kg., Erwin Marina in 96-kg, and Abdonavin Gharibi in 120-kg.
In swimming, London Olympics veteran Jessie Khing Lacuna claimed three golds on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.
Lacuna won golds in boys’ 400-meter freestyle (4:08.79), 100m freestyle event (53.15) and 200m butterfly (2:18.59) while Hannah Dato grabbed two mints in girls’ 400m freestyle (4:36.92) and 100m freestyle (59.83).
Other gold medalists are Fahad Alkhaldi (boys’ 200m backstroke), Denjylie Cordero (girls’ 50m breaststroke) and Delia Angela Cordero (girls’ 200m butterfly).
In pencak silat, the gold medalists are Christopher Yabut (tanding male Class D 60-65-kg.), Jul Omar Abdulhakim (tanding male Class C 55-60-kg.), Nerlyn Huinda (tanding female Class D 60-65-kg), Nadzkie Asmad (tanding male Class B 50-55-kg.) and Clyde Joy Borja (tanding female Class C 55-60-kg.).
In billiards, John Rebong took the men’s 9-ball gold while Iris Ranola won the women’s 9-Ball crown. EMIL C. NOGUERA