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    Navymen, women rule waters in National Games

    May 26, 2013
    Navy dominates the final day of dragon boat sprint events. Jerome Ascano 

    PHILIPPINE Navy dominated two of the three sprint events on the final day of the Philippine National Games dragon boat competitions.

    Navy copped the gold medal in the men’s 200 meters with a time of 57 seconds to beat Manila Wave (58.52) and Spitfire (59.56) on Sunday at the Manila Bay.

    Navy also claimed the mixed 200-m finals in dominating fashion, checking in the finish line at 48.81 seconds. Philippine Dragonboat Rowing Team (PDRT)-B finished second at 50.43 followed by Laguna-A at 50.77.

    “Medyo napaghandaan namin ng maganda ’yung PNG,” said head coach Ruben Lampa, whose team fielded its club members for the tournament. “Tuloy-tuloy lang ang training namin.”

    Boracay Dragonflies, meanwhile, took the women’s 200-m crown with a clocking of one minute, 3.41 seconds. Manila Wave took second spot at 1:05.57 followed by PDRT-A at 1:05.81.

    In canoe kayak, Rosalyn Esguerra claimed her second gold medal as the 14-year-old overtook Noelle Wenceslao down the stretch to win the touring kayak 200m final at 1:18.75.

    Hermie Macaranas bagged the touring kayak men’s 200m event with a time of 53.49 seconds to beat Reggie Palatao (55.33) and Edward Galang (57.86).

    Dany Funelas grabbed the gold medal in the C1 men’s 200m event with a time of 51.57 seconds beating Macaranas and Raymond Nevado.

    Alex Generalo captured the K1 men’s 200m gold at 49.31 seconds, defeating twin brother Alvin, who checked in at 51.75.

    In archery at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines field, Joann Tabanag ruled the women’s doubles 50 compound, beating Amaya Paz-Cojuangco and Jennifer Chan. Ian Chepeco won the gold in the men’s event, defeating Earl Benjamin Yap and Jeff Adriano.

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    In triathlon at Philsports Arena, John Chicano topped the 20-and-over men’s division with a time of one hour and 56 seconds. Jonard Saim finished second with 1:02:34, while Nikko Huelgas finished third with 1:03:15 despite a mechanical problem during the bike leg.

    Kim Mangrobang finished 1:13:24 to win the gold in the women’s 20-and-over. Mirasol Abad took second spot with 1:14:42 followed by Bic Ferreria at 1:28:23.

    The Manila big league squad blanked De La Salle-Zobel, 19-0, in the opener of the softball tournament in Marikina.

    In baseball at the Rizal Memorial ballpark, Ateneo beat University of Santo Tomas, 12-5; Illam defeated Titans, 19-3; and Air Force defeated Angeles University Foundation, 13-2, in the event backed by STI College, Standard Insurance, Procter and Gamble, Summit Water, Ayala Corporation, LBC, 7-11, Nestle-Milo, Aranas Law Office, Bala Energy Drink, Splash Island, Enchanted Kingdom, Everlast, Innoderm-Metropharma Philippines, Peak, Kix, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and Spin.ph.

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