Lingayen – The Philippine National Team dominates the second day of competition in the ongoing Philippine National Games – National Championships here hauling 12 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals in the overall medal tally.
As of March 9 (9AM), results of completed events in four sports – chess, dancesport, swimming and taekwondo have been listed in the medal tally.
The national squad hauled 5 gold apiece in chess and taekwondo with 2 gold in dancesport.
In second place with a total of 9 gold medals, Cebu City delegation’s latin and standard dancing couples shone in dancesport competition, collecting 6 gold in addition to 3 gold harvest in swimming.
Manila delegation, clinched the third spot with 6 gold, racking up up 3 gold each in dancesport and swimming.
‘Team Pangasinan’ of the host province bagged its first gold medal in dancesports – grade (c) latin category courtesy of Jhommel Molina and Gynann Garcia of Pangasinan State University (PSU) during the dancesport event held at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen yesterday.
Women Fide Master Cherry Ann Mejia, a rising Pangasinan chess sensation who started her career in chess through the chess clinics and tournaments sponsored by the provincial government, grabbed a silver medal in the random chess-women. Mejia of Team Pangasinan barged in the medal tally of the chess event monopolized by chess players from the national team.
Silver medallists from Team Pangasinan were: Alder Gian King Amir Abdalla and Clarissa Vinluan in dancesport grade (c) latin, while Bronze medallists were: dancesport couple Ronald Datuin and Heither Yuson (Youth B Standard); and Mark Gemson Sison and Shannele Faye Cruz (Youth D Latin).
In taekwondo events, Baguio City team captured 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze in taekwondo to place over-all fourth, followed by Far Eastern University, now in fifth place, with 2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze.
Swimmers from Koronadal City, on the other hand, pocketed 2 gold and 2 silver during day 1 competition of swimming events held in San Carlos City.
Rounding up in top ten were delegations from Pampanga, Maasin City, Zamboanga City, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Oriental Mindoro, La Union and host Pangasinan.
Some 500 members of the Philippine Team compete with qualifying winners from Luzon (545), Visayas (402), Mindanao (285) and athletes from the host province, Pangasinan (257).
The PSC listed a total of 1,489 athletes competing in 20 PNG events, namely: Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Billiards, Boxing, Chess, Dancesport, Futsal, Judo, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca with reports from Walter Wapaemi