Manigque, sotto share B Pinoy hon­ors

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

DUMAGUETE – Tag­bi­la­ran’s Gabriel Manigque led a quar­tet of swim­mers who swept their five events while Cebu City’s Rick An­gelo Sotto ze­roed in on his fifth gold in ath­let­ics in the Batang Pinoy Games Visayas leg here yes­ter­day.

Manigque capped his cam­paign in style by rul­ing the 13-15-year-old 200m freestyle in two minutes, .07.05 sec­ond for his fifth straight in­di­vid­ual gold at the close of the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions at the Lorenzo Teves Aqua Cen­ter.

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

Jen­nuel Booh de Leon of Aklan also picked up a pair of golds in the boys 12-un­der di­vi­sion in the 200m free (2:25.46) and 200m fly while Bo­hol’s Chloe Lau­rente added the girls 12-U 200m fly 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 UE, of his ac­com­plish­ments.

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).

Sotto, mean­while, hiked his haul to four golds af­ter top­ping the triple jump and help­ing Cebu City rule the 4x100-me­ter re­lay (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 also swept the boys high jump (1.67) and long jump (6.29) crowns and will be gun­ning for his fifth gold in the 4x400-me­ter re­lays to­mor­row.


Gian Man­git­n­git (Blue) of Cebu ab­sorbs a hit but de­feats Kent Rigl Diones of Dumaguete for the Ku­mite 8-13 years old -28 kg gold.

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