After two days of competition, host Bacolod City captured three gold medals in table tennis and one each in chess and swimming as the Batang Pinoy 2014 National Championships enters its penultimate day.
Swimmer Regan Joseph Garbanzos prevailed in the boys 12 and Under 400m freestyle to give the Bacolod City team its first gold medal, while Valerio Mangubat delivered the second as dominated the boys’ rapid chess competition.
Lopue’s Table Tennis Association paddlers John Michael Castro, Ann Gella Borbon, and Neil John Lauren topped their respective event to complete the host city’s five-gold medal haul in two days.
Garbanzos ruled his event at the Panaad pool with a time of 4 minutes and 49 seconds, while Henrico Raphael Santos of Quezon City finished behind him after registering 4 minutes and 57.11 seconds. The bronze medal went to Latrell Andrew Batingan who clocked 5 minutes and .17 seconds.
In chesss, Mangubat of STI – West Negros University High School Department earned 5.5 points to edge Dale Bernardo of Angeles City for the gold medal. Bernardo settled for silver, while Mangubat’s teammate Kenan John Anoran grabbed the bronze.
Results in girls’ rapid chess showed Irish Yngayo of Davao City beating Cristy Cabungcag of Negros Occidental for the gold medal as Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem of Iloilo Province received the bronze.
Denied of the gold medal in the rapid event, Guirhem bounced back and ruled the girls’ blitz, while Natorri Biazza Diaz of Sagay City finished second and Cabungcag at third place.
In table tennis, in addition to the three gold medals, the LopTTA standouts also secured three silvers and a bronze in different categories.
Castro’s gold medal came from boys singles as he beat teammate Lauren in the final, 3-1, while Neo Angelo Laudato of Sta. Rosa, Laguna picked up the bronze.
ASEAN School Games gold medalist Borbon prevailed over teammate Edria Garganian, 3-1, to reign in the girls’ singles as Alexandra Reyes of Sta. Rosa, Laguna placed third.
It was a sweep for the LopTTA players in mixed doubles as the tandem of Lauren and Borbon defeated Castrol and Mariella Mabaquiao, 3-1, for the gold, while Matthew Tolentino and Garganian took the bronze.*NAB
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