• Winter Olympian Martinez rules PNFSC

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    Michael Martinez  AFP PHOTO

    Michael Martinez
    AFP PHOTO

    Winter Olympian Michael Martinez topped the 16th Na-tional Figure Skating Championships (PNFSC) on Thursday at the SM Mega­mall ice skating rink in Mandaluyong City.

    The foremost Filipino figure skater was the lone participant in the men’s senior division where he scored 182.21 points to pocket the gold medal.

    But Martinez himself was not satisfied with his performance.

    “I was quite unhappy with what I did earlier. There are still a lot to improve in my program,” he said.

    Martinez said there would be time to prepare and improve his routine before he competes in the Golden Spins of Zagreb International Championships on December 5 in Croatia.

    “I think I just need rest to recover and prepare for the Zagreb event,” he added.

    Martinez will be accompanied by his Russian coach Slava Zagor in Croatia.

    “I am confident, and we are hoping in the team, that Michael (Martinez) will perform well with proper guidance in his technique and routines especially his jumps, spins and quad revolutions,” said Zagor.

    In the senior ladies division, Alisson Krystle Perticheto of the Philippine Skating Union finished with 131.75 points, enough to defeat Metro Ice’s Samantha Cabiles (112.62).

    In the junior ladies category, Sofia Isabel Guidote of Elite Blades bagged the gold medal with 94.02 points followed by Elia Mariel Mendoza of Metro Ice and Buffy Brown Cloma of Elite Blades with 76.21 and 67.01 points, respectively.

    In the junior men’s division, Yamato Rowe of Metro Ice thumped Manila Figure’s bet Jules Vince Alpe with a commanding 132.2 points.

    Alpe posted 118.41 to bag silver.

    Other gold medalists were Aiko Marie Shibata of Manila Figure (basic novice A), Andreanne Jaye Ariones of Metro Ice (basic novice B), Diane Gabrielle Panlilio of Manila Figure (advanced novice), Krystle Rheanne Siy of Metro Ice (pre-novice girls) and Arielle Pascual of Metro Ice (juvenile girls).

    The PNFSC, certified by International Skating Union, the world governing body for sport, aims to discover new talents for future local and international skating competitions.

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