SOUTH COTABATO GETS SECOND GOLD IN 2015 NATIONAL BATANG PINOY

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — South Cotabato province struck another gold medal in athletics on Monday as it increased its medal haul to six in the ongoing 2015 Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy National Championships in Cebu City.

The delegation’s second gold medal came after an impressive showing from javelin thrower Marizel Buer, who notched 39.10 meters (m) in the event’s finals held at the Cebu City Sports Center grounds.

Buer, who settled for a silver medal in the shot put finals on Sunday, bested Cherry Mae Gudmalin of Zamboanga who recorded 38.90m for the silver and Jane Buenaventura of Cainta City who had 32.88m for the bronze.

The Palarong Pambansa veteran said she was very much disappointed for not winning the gold medal in shot put and drew motivation from it in the javelin finals.

She credited her win to the efforts of their team’s trainer, Olympian and Southeast Asian Games record holder Henry Dagmil.

Dagmil, who hails from the province, earlier agreed to train the province’s athletics team in preparation for the Batang Pinoy national championship.

“We learned a lot from him and we listened intently to his instructions. His inputs helped me a lot in winning this event,” Buer said.

The young athletics ace said she hoping to get another medal in the discus throw finals, which will be her last event.

As of Monday noon, the South Cotabato delegation already won six medals in the seven events that it has competed.

Its medal haul comprise two golds and two silvers in athletics and two bronzes in swimming.

Runner Jose Hapitan gave the province its first gold and silver medals on Sunday in the 400m and 100m runs, respectively.

In swimming, Lalynne Faith Alegre got a bronze medal in 100m backstroke and Jazz Gabriel Babagonio settled for the same in 50m backstroke.

The province’s delegation is targeting to get more medals pencak silat, softball, taekwondo, boxing and arnis.PNA