DEXTER Pascua won the discus throw to claim his second gold medal and lead Manila's finest to seven victories in track and field while the hometown bets matched that output on Wednesday in the POC-PSC Batang Pinoy 2012 at the Marikina Sports Complex.
Pascua, who bagged the shot put title on Tuesday, topped the discus event with a 24.75-meter throw, beating opponents from Quezon City and Pasig City.
Also winning gold medals for Manila were Angelica Datohan in the girls 13-under 2,000-meter run, John Louie Nilugao in the boys 13-under 2,000m run, Christoper Canila in the boys 15-under 400m hurdles, Juvilyn Perlas in the girls 15-under 2,000m walk, Athena Bianca Alefante in the girls 15-under triple jump and Wenie Carozca in the girls 15-under javelin throw.
Powered by sprinter Johnniel Vargas and jumper Lierence Sayenga, Marikina trackters continued to hit paydirt in track and field with seven victories Wednesday including the girls and boys relays.
Vargas and Sayenga, who hail from Concepcion and have also won individual medals, led their team to victory in the 4X100m relay for boys 13-under, clocking 51.2 seconds. Completing the team were Benjo dela Paz and Jeremie Sayo.
The Marikina boys beat Pasig City (55 seconds), and Quezon City (one minute and 1.1 seconds).
Rizeille Grace dela Paz, Michelle Felix Ann Cocson, Paula Mae Bardaje and Kayla Rya Alonsagay won the girls 14-under 4X100 with a time of 56.5 seconds, besting Manila (57 seconds) and Caloocan City (59.6 seconds).
Sayenga added the relay gold to his earlier victory in high jump, while Vargas topped the 400m with a time of 1:00.9. Also winning for the hometown bets were Jamie Immanuel Mejia in boys 15-under 110m hurdles and Sayo in boys 13-under 1,500m.
Quezon City and Taguig also grabbed their share of the spotlight with three gold medals each in the National Capital Region leg of the event organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez said the turnout of 1,000 was below their expected number but still exceeded last year's 600 athletes.
“We have many factors for it and one of them is that some schools were concerned of their students missing classes considering the several cancellations due to bad weather,” said Gomez.
“But on the brighter note, what we have now are those who are serious in their sports programs like Taguig, Manila, and even Marikina,” added the commissioner in charge of the games.