MARIKINA dominated the track and Quezon City ruled the pool but Manila emerged as the overall champion as the National Capital Region leg of the POC-PSC Batang Pinoy 2012 came to a close Friday at the Marikina Sports Complex.
Though it only finished second in the two centerpiece events, Manila bagged 43 gold, 38 silver, and 37 bronze medals to beat Quezon City (37-57-49) and host Marikina City (33-20-23).
Taguig wound up fourth with 20-14-18 tally, while San Juan grabbed 11 gold and six silver medals.
Sampaloc’s Vincent Nabong led Manila's strong showing in athletics with three individual gold medals (boys 15-under 5,000-meter run, 1,500m run, 800m) and two relay golds (4X100 and 4X400).
Resty Lorenzo and Venz Pena, Nabong's school-mates at San Sebastian College, also delivered with five and three gold medals, respectively. Lorenzo topped boys 15-under long jump, high jump and triple jump and was part of champion relay teams. Pena won the 15-under century dash and was also part of the relays squads.
Marikina topped athletics with a 23-12-12 tally against Manila’s 20-16-14 haul.
Lierence Sayenga of Concepcion town won five golds—boys 13-under long jump, high jump, 200m dash and two relays. Jamie Emmanuel Mejia, Jeremie Sayo and Marisol Amarga won three gold medals each.
Quezon City ruled swimming with 23 gold, 23 silver and 13 bronze medals, with crowd darlings Kirsten Chloe Daos and Raissa Regatta Gavino wining six gold medals each to emerge as the most bemedalled athletes of the meet.
The Manila swimmers finished with a 19-21-22 total in swimming. San Juan won all its golds in swimming, while Paranaque and Las Pinas won five and three events, respectively.
Gavino also set a new meet record when she clocked one minute and 20.83 seconds in winning the 100m breaststroke, beating the 1:22.53 mark set by Maurize Dabi of Calapan, Mindoro last year. Her 10:23.03 mark in newly introduced 800m automatically became the standard.
Also setting new benchmarks were Regina Castrillo of Manila and QC's Jeremy Lim. Castrillo, who won four golds in swimming, broke the 100m butterfly record for swimmers 13-and-under when she swam 1:08.97, erasing the 1:09.18 set by Laguna's Catherine Bondad last year.
Lim bagged four golds in swimming, setting a new mark in the 15-under 50m free with a 25.84-second performance that beat the 26.16-second mark of Laguna’s Jethro Chua.