MANILA, Philippines – Swimmer Jalil Taguinod from Santiago City, Isabela became the first athlete to win three gold medals in the 2017 Batang Pinoy, organized by the Philippine Sports Commission.
The 11-year-old Taguinod dominated the boys' 12-under 50-meter backstroke on Wednesday. It was already his third victory at the Elpidio Quirino swimming pool after winning the 50-m backstroke and the 200-m individual medley.
Taguinod, who clinched the most valuable player award in the elementary level of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique, aims to increase his golden haul in the 100-m and 200-m breastroke on Thursday.
A grade six pupil at Santiago City Montessori School, the 5-foot-8 Taguinod timed 33.58 seconds in the 50-m backstroke to defeat Sebastian Castro of Camarines Sur (39.27 seconds) and Zachary Cano of Pasig City (40.33 seconds).
Quezon City showed the way in aquatics with five gold medals headed by Zoe Marie Hilario and Althea Michel Baluyot, who won two golds each in the 13-15 age category.
Other double-gold medalists were Mikaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Paranaque City, Ethan Roy Go of Tanauan City, Samantha Therese Coronel of Makati City and Anya Austriaco of Muntinlupa City.
In athletics, 14-year-old Charles Andrei Antones of Dasmarinas City clinched the gold in boys’ triple jump with a 13.34-meter leap in his second try. Pangasinan’s Mark Dave Cebino jumped 12.74 meters for silver and Angelo Lopusta, who also hails from Pangasinan, placed third with 12.42 meters.
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija grabbed nine gold medals in pencak silat as Marie June Adriani and Allen Jhoy Andres won their respective events. Adriani prevailed in the tunggal event for girls and teamed up with Andres in the ganda discipline.
Erwin Rummel Taliplacido and Andrei Carl Dela Cruz helped boost San Jose’s medal production in the boys’ ganda event along with Luke Albert Capulong (boy’s tunggal) and Pauline Bucayan (girls pre-teen tunggal).
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