Records fall

NCR tanker Coronel leads Palaro as­sault with 2 new marks

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - By Marc An­thony Reyes @mar­creyesINQ —WITH A RE­PORT FROM LEON­CIO BALBIN JR. INQ

VIGAN CITY— She took up swim­ming at 8 years old be­cause her par­ents felt she didn’t have any­thing to do dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions.

Seven years later, Sa­man­tha Therese Coronel is the owner of two Palarong Pam­bansa records in the pool.

“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt not just of win­ning gold but also set­ting a record,” said Coronel, the an­chor of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion team.

She ac­tu­ally set two on Tues­day af­ter top­ping the sec­ondary girls’ 100-me­ter back­stroke fi­nals in one-minute and 6.58 sec­onds at Pres­i­dent El­pidio Quirino Sta­dium here, oblit­er­at­ing the old mark of 1:07.52 set by NCR’s Ni­cole Meah Pam­intuan last year.

The in­com­ing 11th grader at Cole­gio San Agustin-Makati then led the NCR re­lay squad of Thanya Ange­lyn dela Cruz, Camille Lau­ren Buico and Zoe Marie Hi­lario to the gold in the 200-me­ter re­lay med­ley, get­ting to the fi­nal heat with a 2:03.49 clock­ing in the semifi- nals, also a new record.

The NCR swim­mers bet­tered the pre­vi­ous mark of 2:14.31 of an­other Metro Manila team in the 2006 edi­tion. Their gold medal-win­ning time was 2:03.65.

Records in track and field and archery also fell by the way­side, with NCR’s Hazel Kasan­dra Al­can­tara shat­ter­ing a 26-year-old mark in the sec­ondary girls’ shot put.

Al­can­tara had an ef­fort of 11.88 me­ters in win­ning the gold, eclips­ing the old stan­dard of 11.20 set by Marites Bar­rios of Zam­boanga Re­gion in 1992.

Archer Phoebe Ni­cole Amis­toso of Cen­tral Visayas set a new stan­dard in sec­ondary girls’ 40 me­ters by tal­ly­ing 326 points for the gold medal. The old mark was 318 and was held by Char­maine Vil­lamor of the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion.

Fran­cis James San Gabriel of the Ilo­cos Re­gion ruled the sec­ondary boys’ 2,000-me­ter walk with a time of nine min­utes and 33.01 sec­onds that eas­ily broke the 2017 feat of 10:11.31 of NCR’s Bryan Oxales.

“I was not ex­pect­ing to win be­cause last year’s cham­pion is here,” said the 17-year-old San Gabriel from Umin­gan Cen­tral High School.

Oxales timed 9:30.15 in set­tling for the sil­ver this time.

Two other new marks were es­tab­lished late Sun­day cour­tesy of Veruel Ver­dadero of Cal­abar­zon in sec­ondary boys’ 100m dash semi­fi­nals and Ann Kather­ine Quitoy of West­ern Visayas in sec­ondary girls’ javelin throw.

Ver­dadero’s 10.65 sec­onds in the semi­fi­nals was bet­ter than the 10.09 of West­ern Visayas’ Daniel No­val.

Quitoy heaved to a dis­tance of 45.72 me­ters to bet­ter the 2018 mark of Sy­vian Faith Abunda of North­ern Min­danao (42.85).

—MARCREYES

Sa­man­tha Coronel: 2 new swim records

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