DARWIN, Australia – Lora Micah Amogius and John Lloyd Cabalo won two gold medals each on Saturday as the Philippines bagged 10 gold medals in Day 1 of the 2019 Arafura Games here.
Amogius topped the 13-14 years old category 100-meter backstroke and the 200m individual medley in swimming, while Cabalo topped the men’s 400m run and was part of the winning men’s 4x100m relay team in athletics to emerge as the first two double gold medalists for the Philippines in the meet.
The 13-year-old Amogius clocked one minute and 10.53 seconds in the 100m backstroke, followed by Taila Jane Wilkinson of Western Australia (1:12.19). The Davao City lass also ruled 200m IM with a time of 2:33.63, again ahea of Wilkinson at the Parap Swimming Pool.
At the Marrara Sporting Complex, the 18-year-old Cabalo clocked 50.73 seconds to beat Blair Andrews (52.08) and Joseph Salmon of Northern Territory (52.34)in the 400.
The National University standout teamed up with Joviane Calixto, Jason Buenacosa and Romel Bautista in winning the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.49 seconds, beating entries from Northern Territory and Malaysia.
The Philippines won six more golds to go with 12 silver and six bronze medals.
Ivo Nikolai Enot topped the 13-14 years old category men’s 100m backstroke in swimming, while also winning were and Abigail Manzano (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Nicko Caparoso (men’s 3,000m steeplechase), Bruce Fernia (men’s javelin throw), Jessel Lumapas (women’s 400m run) and Mark Anthony Casena (men’s triple jump) in athletics.
Amogius, who also captured the silver in the 200m freestyle medley on Saturday, shattered her personal marks in winning the two golds.
“I’m really happy and I broke all my times. I’m very, very happy and honored to swim for the Philippines because it’s my country and I’m proud to be a Filipino,” said Amogius, a Batang Pinoy standout who also won one gold and one silver last year in the BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games.
Cabalo, a Puerto Princesa native, is also competing in the 4x400m, 800m and 1,500m.
“Pangarap ko talaga mag-gold dito sa Australia kasi hindi basta basta ‘yung mga kalaban at sobrang lalaki din talaga. Kanina halos hanggang dibdib lang din ako ng mga tiga-Australia,” said Cabalo.
The delegation is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Standard Insurance.