Unprecedented 17 titles for UC
When Michael Ichiro Kong was born, the University of Cebu ( UC) Webmasters was well on its way to establishing a dominant presence in the Milo Little Olympics, winning a fourth straight overall title in the secondary division. Thirteen years later, UC’s fate would lie largely on the shoulders of the 13- year- old sophomore, who would come up with one of the most impressive performances in Milo Little Olympics history to help seal 17 titles in 17 years for UC. Kong joined 15 swimming events, winning a medal in 14 of them. Thanks to Kong’s heroic showing in the pool, UC finished with 176.25 points, beating the University of San Carlos ( USC), which gained 161.5, its best showing in years. “This is by far the season that gave us the biggest scare for the overall title. I did not have a good sleep this whole time,” said UC athletics director Bernard Ricablanca. At one point, while officials deliberated on the results in swimming, UC’s lead was down to four points, right after USC swept the chess competitions. But Kong made sure UC wouldn’t relinquish its title. Fielded in as many events as possible, Kong had nine gold medals. He also set three records, among them a 2: 28.76 improvement of his own 2: 29.03 record in the 200- meter butterfly. “I am pretty tired but I am glad I helped the team out,” said Kong. It wasn’t all rosy for the multi- event meet. Allegations of cheating in, of all things, scrabble marked the Little Olympics. But stellar feats like that of UC and Kong are what most people remember and are inspired by.
WINNING 9 GOLDS FOR THE TEAM. Michael Ichiro Kong of the University of Cebu breaks the Milo record ( his own
record, too) in the 200- meter individual medley. ( SUN.