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Ilongga runner is fastest girl
athlete, 2 golds for WV in boys’ table tennis


She used to rule the 400m run competition during her elementary days but yesterday, Janet Bedico of Iloilo crowned herself as the fastest girl athlete in the 2009 Palarong Pambansa after capturing the gold in secondary girls’ 100m dash in 13.15 seconds.

Four years ago, Bedico made a name for herself when she registered a hometown victory for Western Visayas, taking the gold in elementary girls’ 400m during the 2005 national Palaro held in Iloilo City.

Sharing the athletics’ limelight with her yesterday was teammate Josie Malacad from Carles, Iloilo who won the gold in secondary girls’ 400m hurdles, while Negrense Erma Rose Gamao settled for silver in elementary girls’ 100m.

Malacad, 16, finished the hurdles in 1 minute and 5.06 seconds leaving behind Central Visayas’ Lorna Olarita (1:07.20) to pick up the silver while CARAGA’s Mary Cris Moron (1:07.89) salvaged the bronze.

Gamao, on the other hand, registered 13.30 seconds in the event, .9 of a second behind gold medalist Eloisa Luzon of Northern Mindanao who clocked 13.21. Christine Del Rio of Southern Tagalog (13.52) got the bronze.

The girls’ foray in athletics complemented the golden finish of Western Visayas in elementary and secondary boys’ table tennis teams.

Coach Nanettte Gayoso’s elementary boys’ team, composed of Peter June Delariarte, Edmund Garganian, John Niño Gayoso, and Vince Oliva blanked the National Capital Region, 3-0, in the championship round.

Replicating the feat in secondary level, the Cyrus Tolentino-mentored team composed of Mar Depliyan, Jee-Ar Gicana, Arnel John Jalandoni Jr., and Nikko Oliva, prevailed over Nortern Mindanao in the final match to give WV another team gold, equivalent to 15 points.

The girls’ table tennis team of coach Marlon Serviñas, almost made it a sweep for Region 6 in the elementary level but fell short in the end as the quartet of Airah Alzado, Emy Rose Dael, Beverly Paulma, and Shamiela Pineda bowed to their rivals from the NCR, 3-1.

Meanwhile, the elementary basketball boys’ team of coach Bobby Te secured their third win yesterday with a lopsided margin against Bicol region, 83-36.

Ellone Trafranco led WV’s scorers with 14 points while Kirell Montalbo added 12, and Alec Rojas, Nicol Roland Malate, and Carlo Gabriel Sian chipped in 10 points each. They will face Calabarzon in the quarterfinals set at 8 a.m. today.

Also claiming their third win yesterday for Western Visayas were the elementary and secondary girls’ volleyball, elementary football, and elementary and secondary girls softball.

Tony Oquindo’s world-class softball team from Domingo Lacson National High School Representing Western Visayas, DLNHS beat Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), 23-0, while the Tess Himpolaran-mentored ETCS girls blanked CARAGA, 10-0.

Both teams will advance to the crossover semifinals today at the Leyte Park softball field.

In badminton, WV’s secondary boys and girls’ team failed to make it into the final round as they suffered heartbreaking defeats in the hands of NCR.

The elementary girls’ badminton team of coach Hermy Hulleza, however, avenged the twin loss with a big victory against Central Visayas in the finals. Listed in the lineup of the champion team are Dhessa Mae Arino, Aprille Dianne Bibiano, Princess Carmel Daniel, and Jezelle Panado.

Also advancing to the semis today are high school boxers Jeffrey Bagacay (mosquitoweight), Noriel Pellio (paperweight), and Macky Delfin (pinweight) who prevailed over their respective opponents in the quarterfinals.

Bagacay outpointed Region 10’s Argie Moraca, 19-12, while Pellico stopped ARMM’s Michael Madidir, 29 seconds in round two. Delfin also scored an RSC win over NCR’s Dave Macalintal, 33 seconds in the first round.*NAB

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