OLYMPIAN Jessie Khing Lacuna stamped his mark in the Philippine National Games, winning three gold medals in three events Thursday morning in the swimming competitions at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.
The 2012 London Olympian dominated the boys 16 and over 100- and 400-meter freestyle, and the 200-m butterfly in dominating fashion on a rainy first day of the swimfest.
The 19-year-old Lacuna clocked four minutes, 7.86 seconds in the 400m freestyle, more than a second ahead of fellow national athlete Fahad Alkhaldi with a time of 4:08.79. Jetrho Roberts Chua of Caloocan wound up in third with 4:17.18.
The Bulacan native checked in at 53.15 seconds to nail the gold in the 100m freestyle to beat Chua, who finished at 55.77 seconds. Franz Marquez of Quezon took the bronze with 56.77 seconds.
The most lopsided win for Lacuna came in the 200m butterfly when he clocked 2:18.59, winning the race by almost 25 seconds. Giovanni Trapila took the silver at 2:43.31 and Joshua Philippe Gumban of Iloilo timed 3:11.96 for the bronze.
Hannah Dato dominated the girls’ 16 and over 400m and 100m freestyle.
Dato won the 400m freestyle by nearly 10 seconds, finishing in 4:36.92. Ma. Claire Adorna bagged the silver with a 4:46.23 clocking followed by Courtney Melissa Gray of Puerto Princesa at 4:47.05.
Dato also claimed the 100m freestyle with a time of 59.83 seconds, besting Roanne Yu of Manila (1:01.90) and Thea Caluma of Quezon City (1:02.75).
After settling for silver in the 400m freestyle, Alkhaldi captured the gold in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:18.17.
Denjylie Cordero of Quezon City grabbed the 50m breaststroke gold, while Delia Angela Cordero won the 200m butterfly.
Manila and Laguna won the boys and girls 4x50m relay, respectively.