JEAN Caluscusin and Cebuana Karen Velez shared the spotlight on Wednesday by bagging a pair of gold medals each in rhythmic gymnastics in the POC-PSC Philippine National Games at the GAP gym inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Following up on her all-around triumph the previous day, Caluscusin added the clubs (8.025 points) and ribbon (8.25) golds to her collection plus a bronze in the hoop (8.225), emerging as the most bemedalled athlete in the event organized by the PSC and the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.
After a forgettable outing in the all-around, Velez bounced back to take golds in the ball (8.050) and hoop in a tie with Muntinlupa’s Anica Joy Sirios, both of them scoring similar 8.25 points, and a silver in the clubs (7.925) of the tourney backed by Ayala Corp., Summit, Bala Energy Drink, LBC and 7-Eleven.
Metro Manila’s Mikaela Silverio continued to dominate the junior division in securing the golds in the ribbon (7.20), ball (7.50), clubs (7.525) and a silver in the ring (6.625).
Bicolana Gertrude Ante broke Silverio’s monopoly in capturing the ring gold (6.85) to close out the two-day rhythmic gymnastics competitions.
“Masaya rin ako dahil ako ang lumabas na top athlete sa rhythmic gymnastics,” said Caluscusin, a fourth-year education student at Far Eastern University.
Easily the biggest loser was Cebu’s Mary Carmeli Garovillo, who had swept the all-around and all four individual apparatus golds in last year’s tournament but could only muster a bronze in the ribbon (6.85) the other day.
Garovillo, 17, cited the demands of her studies at the Cebu Doctors College, where she is taking up occupational therapy as the reason for her lack of practice and so-so showing in the event.
The gymnastics competition takes a break on Thursday and will resume on Friday with the men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics competitions.