JESSIE Khing Lacuna added four more golds in his collection Saturday to complete a sweep of all his nine events in the swimming competitions of the Philippine National Games at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.
Lacuna ruled the 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke on the third and final day of action at the pool to reassert his status as one of the best swimmers in the country today.
Overall, the London Olympian bagged a total of nine golds, four better than his previous output of five made in Dumaguete City last year.
During the initial staging of the PNG in Bacolod in 2011, the Bulacan native hauled six gold medals.
Lacuna said he was determined to win as many events as possible as he is set to enter Ateneo in the coming school year for college.
“Pressure din sa akin kasi mahahati na ang time and academics so we will see,” said Lacuna, who will take up Interdisciplinary Studies at Ateneo this coming school year.
Lacuna clocked 58.62 seconds in the 100m butterfly to take the gold by a shade over five seconds ahead of Bryan Kristian Bibat (1:03.64).
He checked in two minutes, 13.39 seconds in the 200m medley to beat Franz Marquez (2:14.45) and Jethro Chua (2:22.39), while winning the 50m freestyle with a time of 24.64 seconds.
Lacuna was challenged the most in the 100m breaststroke when he timed 1:11.55, just 1.03 seconds ahead of Jhomar Gonzales of Pasig.
Lacuna had earlier won the 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle, and 400m individual medley in the first two days of the competition.
In other events, Hanna Dato of Las Pinas won the girls’ 200m individual medley with a time of 2:25.54, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Courtney Gray (2:34.83).
Ma. Claire Adorna of Marikina sprinted her way to the 50m backstroke gold with a clocking of 30.87 seconds.
In athletics, Calib Montecalvo stole the limelight in Saturday action when he won the men’s pole vault gold at the expense of local bets at the Philsports complex.
Montecalvo, born to a Filipino father and Italian mother and competes in NCAA Division II Cal State Stanislaus, cleared 4.80 meters for the win.
A part of the Run For Change Team, Montecalvo beat national player Emerson Obiena (4.20).
Mervin Guarte won the men’s 800m run with a time of 1:50.88, finishing first ahead of Jordan Paul Billones of Meralco (1:51.74), and Wenlie Maulas of University of the Philippines (1:52.52).
Nestle Niuda of University of Saint La Salle topped the 10,000m walk with a clocking of 1:02:19.10.
In soft tennis at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, Jhomar Arcilla and Mikoff Manduriao beat Giovanni Mamawal and Davis Alano, 5-2, to win the men's doubles.
Deena Rose Cruz and Cheryl Macasera took the women's doubles when they defeated Edrilyn Peralta and Chynna Mamawal, 5-2.