Zoe Hilario of University of the Philippines Integrated School copped two gold medals at the start of the swimming competition in the 29th Milo Little Olympics National Capital Region-Southern Luzon Leg at the Marikina Sports Park Aquatic Center in Marikina City.
Hilario, a grade 8 student, shone brightly when she ruled the girls’ 13-17 400m freestyle in 4:52.53, relegating Portia Doragos of Miriam College to second with a time of 4:58.63 and UPIS teammate Chloe Fabic to third place in 5:14.03.
A few minutes later she came back to dominate the 100m backstroke in 1:09.87.
Also coming up with two golds was Jyd Anthony Garcia of Golden Faith Academy, who won the gold in the boys’ elementary 12-under 200m freestyle with a clocking of 2:34.94. His second gold came from 50m butterfly in 33.50 seconds.
But not to be outdone, Mishka Sy of Chiang Kai Shek College matched the two-gold output for the day by winning the girls’ elementary 12-under 100m backstroke in 1:16.62 and 50m butterfly in 34.13 seconds.
Other double medalists was Steven Francis Ho of St. Jude Catholic School, who won the boys’ secondary 13-17 100m back stroke in 1:04.78 and 200m butterfly in 2:24.78.
Richelle Melencion of Victory Christian International School won the girls’ elementary 12-under 200m freestyle in 2:35.60, while Franco Garcia of San Beda College-Rizal took the gold in the boys’ secondary 13-17 400m freestyle in 4:35.47, and John Paul Erick Abustan of Marist School topped the boys’ elementary 12- under 100m backstroke in 1:22.78.
Doragos got back in the girls’ secondary 13-17 200m butterfly with a time of 2:40.97 to claim the gold while Fabic settled for second in 2:45.94 and Mikaela Estrella of Academy of Gods Children School finished third in 2:52.92.
In medal-rich athletics at the MAP track oval, St. Michael College led the cast with three golds coming from Karl Arvyn Aquino in the secondary boys’ 110m hurdles (14.7 minutes) and Mica Caraddili in the secondary girls’ 100m hurdles (17.2 minutes). The 16-year-old Karl Marvyn Aquino secured St. Michael College’ third gold by topping the secondary boys’ long jump in 6.17 meters.
Nathalie Felix of Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School likewise made his presence felt by ruling the elementary girls’ long jump in 3.50 meters, while Justin Lumangaya handed H. Bautista Elementary School its first gold in the elementary boys’ long jump with a leap of 4.67 meters.
Other winners include Jessie Rex Gadia of Tumason Elementary School in the boys’ 100m hurdles (18.3) and Rhain Amaro of Fortune Elementary School in the girls’ elementary 100m hurdles in (20.2).
A total of 4,000 athletes from 120 schools and 816 teams all over Metro Manila and Southern Luzon participated in the three-day competition for students athletes with ages 16-year-old and below.