STA. Cruz, Laguna: Jomar Udtohan of San Sebastian College-Manila posted his third record breaking win in the 200 meters dash event of the 57th Palarong Pambansa at the Laguna Sports Complex in Barangay Bubukal here.
The 17-year-old Bulacan native Udtohan, representing National Capital Region (NCR), set a new record of 21.8 seconds surpassing the old mark of 22.19 seconds by Roland Calaunan of Cagayan Valley in 1998. Udtohan’s new Palaro record is so close to the national record of 21.17 by Ralph Waldy Soguilon in 2007.
After bagging three gold medals through record-breaking triumphs, the 5’4 Udtohan is still aiming to rule the boys’ 4×100 meters relay and 4×400 meters relay at presstime. If accomplished, that would make him the most outstanding athlete in the 2014 edition of the Palaro.
Earlier, Udtohan posted record-breaking wins in the boys’ 400 meters dash (49.4 seconds) and the centerpiece 100 meters dash (10.8 seconds). The latter is close to matching the national record of 10.5 seconds also by Sougilon in 2007.
In archery, 16-year-old Mary Queen Ybañez of Ilocos Region and her teammates Angelica Aldea, Alexea Apiso and Aryan Arianne finished third in the team event. The loss made Ybañez unable to meet her target medal haul of eight golds.
Ybañez has already won five gold medals in the meet in the following events: secondary girls’ 30 meters, 40 meters, 50 meters, 60 meters and single fita round. She is about to compete in the individual Olympic round event and mixed team competition at presstime.
“I hope I can win at least seven golds now. I have still a chance,” said Ybañez, who graduated at Lorma College Special Science High School in San Juan, La Union in March.
In the secondary girls’ volleyball tilt, Western Visayas dethroned NCR, 2-0, in the semifinals. The NCR boys team though won 2-0, over Western Visayas in the other semifinals battle. The elementary level girls’ volleyball event likewise saw Central Visayas beating NCR, 2-0.
In basketball, NCR routed defending champion Central Visayas, 90-80, to clinch the first finals slot. NCR will be facing in the finals the winner between Calabarzon and Western Visayas, which were still playing in the other semifinals match at presstime.
The NCR is now certain of taking home its 11th straight overall Palaro title even with still one day left in the weeklong meet. NCR so far is leading by 39 in the gold medal count over closest rival Western Visayas. As of presstime, NCR already garnered a total of 63 golds, 42 silvers and 37 bronzes. Following behind is Calabarzon (24-32-32), Western Visayas (23-17-28), Cordillera Administrative Region (19-9-9), Northern Mindanao (16-15-16), Socssargen (11-13-20) and Central Visayas (9-19-17). Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao dropped to the no.16 with 1-1-4 leaving Zamboanga Peninsula at the bottom of the standings with 0-4-7.