Manigque, 3 oth­ers go 5-for-5 golds in BP Visayas swim­fest

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TAG­BI­LA­RAN’S Gabriel Manigque led a quar­tet of swim­mers who swept all of their five events while Cebu City’s Rick An­gelo Sotto was poised to do the same in ath­let­ics in the Batang Pinoy (BP) Games Visayas re­gional cham­pi­onships on Tues­day here.

In a feat that sur­prised even him­self, Manigque capped his fruit­ful cam­paign in style by rul­ing the boys 13-15-year- old 200- me­ter freestyle race in two minutes and .07.05 sec­ond for his fifth straight in­di­vid­ual gold at the close of the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions at the Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Cen­ter.

Join­ing Manigque in the ranks of mul­ti­ple achiev­ers was Bo­hol province­mate Ange Lyn De­cabo, who bagged the mints in the girls 13-15 100- me­ter breast­stroke ( 1: 23.59) and 50- me­ter freestyle (30.69) in the meet or­ga­nized and sup­ported by the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion.

Jen­nuel Booh de Leon of pow­er­house Aklan also picked up a pair of golds in the boys 12- un­der di­vi­sion in the 200- me­ter freestyle ( 2: 25.46) and 200- me­ter but­ter­fly race while Bo­hol’s Chloe Sophia Lau­rente added the girls 12- un­der 200- me­ter but­ter­fly gold ( 2: 53.37) to her tally in du­pli­cat­ing the feat of their se­nior swim­mers.

“This is un­be­liev­able. It’s like ac­ing a test,” said Manigque, 15, a Grade 8 var­sity swim­mer at Univer­sity of the East, of his ac­com­plish­ments in the sports­fest also sup­ported by the Dumaguete City gov­ern­ment led by Mayor Felipe Mar­i­ano “Ipe” Re­mollo.

The lanky yet well-built six­footer could not hide his de­light at the sur­pris­ing out­come and vowed to train hard for next year’s Palarong Pam­bansa in Vi­gan, Ilo­cos Sur, af­ter lay­ing a big fat egg in the 2017 edi­tion held in San Jose, An­tique edi­tion last April.

“He (Gabriel) wants to be able to swim for the coun­try one day. I hope he gets no­ticed by this per­for­mance,” Boboy Manigque, the young swim­mer’s fa­ther-coach and a for­mer high school swim­ming stand­out, bared of his son’s am­bi­tions.

Aklan hand­ily took swim­ming over­all hon­ors with a tally of 15 gold, 10 sil­ver and 4 bronze medals, Ba­colod placed sec­ond (8-6-7) and Or­moc City, Leyte, was a close third (8-4-6)

Un­der the radar in the first few days of the track­fest at the Gov. Mar­i­ano Perdices Sta­dium, Sotto’s ex­ploits could no longer be ig­nored af­ter boost­ing his haul to four gold in cap­tur­ing the boys triple jump ti­tle and be­ing a mem­ber of the tri­umphant Cebu City 4x100- me­ter re­lay squad (47.3 sec­onds).

A Grade 7 stu­dent at the Ate­neo de Cebu, Sotto ad­mit­ted that his tri­umph in the triple jump with a leap of 13.57 me­ters in his sixth and fi­nal at­tempt “was lucky be­cause I knew my team­mate Rex (Am­mang­pang) was stronger than me in this event.”

Sotto, who also swept the boys high jump ( 1.67) and long jump (6.29) crowns, was gun­ning for his fifth gold in the 4x400- me­ter re­lays to­mor­row ( Wed­nes­day), which would earn him the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the most out­stand­ing ath­lete in track and field.

In other ath­letic re­sults, Leyte scored a golden tre­ble as Jayvee Alvarez and Chin Chin Alkuino swept the boys and girls 800-me­ter fi­nals in times of 2:10.05 and 2:27.7, re­spec­tively, while team­mate Chris­tian Zamora topped the boys dis­cus throw with a heave of 36 me­ters flat.

As of 12 noon­time Tues­day, Cebu Prov­ince paced the over­all stand­ings with 16 golds, 17 sil­vers and 25 bronzes, host Dumaguete City was run­ning sec­ond (16-10-9), Aklan was not too far be­hind in third spot (14-8-5) while Cebu City was fourth (12-24-26).

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