HOME team Pangasinan continued its domination of track and field with seven gold medals on Thursday even as Jamleth Marie Villanueva of Olongapo City added two more victories in the pool in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy Games.
Francis Marron of Umingan, Pangasinan won the 400-meter run and 400-meter hurdles in the boys' 13-under category and was part of the winning 4x100m relay squad.
Marron, a seventh grader, won the 400m hurdles in one minute and 6.1 seconds. Teammate Mark Laurence Sanguir checked in second (1:07.5) and James Galima of Candon, Ilocos Sur took the bronze (1:07.9).
The host province has bagged 28 track and field gold medals in two days of competition.
Among the double-gold winners were Briceline Soriano (girls' 13-under long jump and 100-m dash), Rico Navarro (boys' 13-under long jump and 1500m run), Jasmine Suniga (girls' 14-15 long jump and 100m dash), Reuben Jacob (boys' 13-under shotput and discus throw).
Baguio City had a quadruple gold medalist in 12-year-old Leah Taltala and triple gold winner in Sisa Carunungan.
Taltala won the girls' 13-under high jump, 100m hurdles, triple jump and was part of the winning 4x100m relay team. Carunungan won the 1500m run and 2000m and also ran in the sprint relay.
In swimming competitions in Dagupan, Villanueva added the 12-under 100m back and 50m fly to her collection. She earlier ruled the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly before helping her team win the 15-under 4x50m medley relay.
She could make it seven gold medals with the 100m fly and 4x40m free scheduled Friday.
“I'm ready for the national championship,” said Villanueva, daughter of police superintendent Col. Jeric Villanueva based in Camp Olivas and Subic Water manager Thelma.
Villanueva clocked 1:19.80 to defeat Christian Llanne Vallejos of San Jose Del Monte (1:22.30) and Allana Sagubo of Baguio City (1:23.50) for her fifth gold medal of the games for athletes 15 years old and below.
Rafael Barreto snatched another gold in the pool when he clocked 30.82 seconds in the boys' 12-under 50m fly. The 11-year-old from Guiginto, Bulacan, who earlier won the 100m free and 400m free, defeated Romeo Santos of Malolos (34.87) and Baron Kurt Bibat of San Jose Del Monte (37.23).
At the Capitol beach front, Manila recovered from an opening-day loss to Tarlac with a 7-0 blanking of Caloocan City and a 5-0 win over Zambales in the baseball national finals.
In badminton, Jervin Dyler Carlos of Malolos City defeated Karl Angelo Ganade of Zambales, 19-21, 21-15, 21-15, to set up a clash against Pangasinan's Gerald Culaste, a 21-12, 21-9 winner over Candon's Jameson Garabiles.
In boxing, Chavito Lumantao of Candon (34kgs), Tarlac's Arjay Basangan (34kgs), Darren Mateo of Tarlac (34kgs) La Union's Julius Dulce and Pangasinan's Francis Ferrer (40kgs) won their initial bouts.