TEEN sensation Rosalyn Esguerra bested older rivals when she captured a gold medal in the canoe kayak competitions of the Philippine National Games held at the Manila Baywalk on Saturday.
The 14-year-old Esguerra topped the women’s 500 meter touring kayak singles event with a time of three minutes and 25.93 seconds in the final.
Janet Escallona, who had two canoe kayak golds in the first day of the competitions on Friday, finished second with a time of 3:42.11, while Noelle Wenceslao timed 3:53.93.
The teenager from Masbate won her first-ever gold medal in the PNG after she tumbled in one of her events last year in Laguna.
Esguerra said Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation officials have told her they have big plans for her if she continues to improve.
“Next year, kapag bumaba pa raw po 'yung time ko, padadala ako sa Singapore. Kasi medyo mataas pa raw po 'yung oras ko,” said Esguerra, who started kayaking when she was 10 years old.
In the men’s side, Reggie Palatao copped his second gold medal when he won the men’s touring kayak singles 500 meter event.
Palatao, who had earlier won the five kilometer event, checked in at 2:44.71 to beat Edward Galang (2:53.14) and Edgar Galang (2:54.39) in the final.
The 23-year-old Quirino native downplayed his recent victory even though he has been with the national team for only five months
“Mas nauna pa rin sa akin. Matagal na silang nageensayo,” said Palatao, who will compete in the men’s racing 200m event on Sunday.
“Malakas pa rin ang kalaban,” said Palatao of his chances on his final event.