LAST-minute entry Jie Anne Calis of Misamis Occidental leaped 4.25 meters in the rain to capture the first gold medal in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy 2012 Mindanao leg Thursday at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University sports complex in Dapitan City.
Originally scheduled to compete in middle-distance running before the track events were scratched due to venue problems, the 13-year-old from Plaridel municipality showed she can also do good on the field by recording the winning distance in only her second attempt.
She was supposed to see action in the 1,500-meter and 800m, events she won gold and silver medals, respectively, in this year's Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
“It's ok my trip here is not wasted because I still managed to compete and even won the gold,” said the seventh grader, who will try to complete a golden double when she competes on Friday in triple jump.
At the Rizal Memorial Institute covered courts, triplets from Western Visayas garnered three gold medals in the pencak silat national finals.
John Carl Segutier grabbed the gold in tunggal (solo artistic), his brothers John Christian and John Clark ruled ganda (double choreographed tactics), before all three snared the top prize in the regu (team artistic form).
The 13-year-olds, who also won gold medals in 2010 edition of Batang Pinoy held in Manila, are sixth graders at Rizal Elementary School in Molo, Iloilo City. They were trained by coach Lino Baldevarona who said the triplets are seeded in the national finals in arnis next month in their hometown.
In boxing, Saranggani sent three pugs into the semifinals. Dave Mark Apolinario (32kgs), Steven Apolinario (42kgs) and Rodney Panerio (34kgs) scored points wins over their respective opponents to advance.
Also advancing were Powerhouse Panabo City’s Ferdinand Apat (44kgs), Khem Jhon Samoramos (42kgs), Jiple Jay Cabrera (38kgs) and Jeffrey Miras (32kgs).
Misamis Oriental, another boxing hotbed, had three boxers advancing in Carlo Paalam (38kgs), Junil Pamisa (42kgs) and Lambert Daming (44kgs).
General Santos City struck with three golds in athletics led by Fauzi del Rio in the girls 14-15 long jump, Mary Jane Lawas in the girls 14-15 shot put, and Louie Restauro in the boys 13-under long jump.
Also winning in athletics were Jayra del Rosario of Misamis Occidental in girls 13-under shot put, Lian Julius Galinga of Davao City in boys 13-under shot put, David James Francisco of Zamboanga City in boys 14-15 shot put, and Ganah Elizalde of Zamboanga City in girls 14-15 long jump.