Davao swimmers win 2 golds for Team PH

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BRUNEI — Team Mindanao-Philippines opened its 10th BIMPNT-Eaga Friendship Games stint on a high note by bagging two gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes in the morning session of the swimming competition here at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.

BIMPNT- Eaga stands for Brunei- IndonesiaMalaysia-Philippines-Northern Territory (Darwin, Australia)-East Asian Growth Areas.

Joshua Raphael del Rio, a student of the Ateneo de Davao University, clocked two minutes and 3.95 seconds in the men’s 21-under 200-meter freestyle to beat teammate Eirron Seth Vibar (2:04.00) and Brunei Team A’s Nur Samil (2:05.93).

San Beda University’s Fritz Jun Rodriguez gave Team Mindanao-PH its second gold after topping the men’s 21-under 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 31.22 seconds. Darren Ngui Moh Gin of Sarawak, Malaysia (31.86) placed second and Edward Alfaro III of Mindanao-PH (31.98) was third.

In the men’s 21-under 100-meter backstroke, Ivo Nikolai Enot ( 1: 05.75) and Elson Jake Rodriguez (1:05.79) finished second and third, respectively, as Ben Ramplin (1:05.22) of Northern Territory, Australia captured the gold medal.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, chef-de-mission of the Philippines, cheered at the sidelines along with Davao City head of delegation Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) officer-incharge Mikey Aportadera.

“This is a good start for us and I’m happy for our athletes. They competed well. Hopefully we can win more medals,” Maxey said.

Maxey was also seen comforting some swimmers who failed to land podium finishes.

“I don’t want to put pressure on them. I just told them to give it their best and enjoy,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Friendship Games’ formal opening ceremony is set at 8:45 a.m. today, featuring the traditional parade of delegations.

Athletics, taekwondo and wushu competitions will also kick off today while karatedo opens tomorrow.

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