Teener wins Philippines’ first gold in Cape Town swimfest

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Palarong Pambansa standout McTracy Alindogan delivered the country’s first gold medal in the Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala on Saturday at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center.

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Alindogan, the 2013 Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Swimmer of the Year, checked in at 28.72 seconds to rule the boys’ 13 years 50-meter butterfly. He defeated Thomas Oliver of Vine-South Africa (29.34) and Gary-Paige Mattheys of Grey-South Africa (29.34).

The 13year-old Alindogan earlier took the silver medal in the 100m backstroke (1:07.87). Mattheys took the gold in that event in 1:07.77 while Luke Cillie of Cybe-South Africa grabbed the bronze in 1:09.62.

“At least nakabawi ako sa kaniya [Mattheys]. Malalaki ang kalaban ko sa event ko pero kaya ko naman po sila sabayan,” said Alindogan, a Grade 7 student at Angeles University Foundation.

University of the Philippines’ Denjylie Cordero, Portia Kate Doragos of Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) and Bangkok Meet gold medalists Emanuel Joshua Lorbes contributed a bronze each.

EMIL C. NOGUERA

 

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