10 golds at stake in ath­let­ics

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - BY MAR­I­ANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN / Edi­tor

Brunei - A to­tal of 10 gold medals are up for grabs when the 10th BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion un­furls at 4 p.m. at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan here to­day.

Davao City’s Dianna Mae Me­mora­cion, a 20-year-old Emar Be­hav­ioral and En­vi­ron­men­tal Col­lege ICT fresh­man, will lead the cast for Min­danao-Philip­pines. She will try to bounce back from a silver fin­ish in women’s 1,500-me­ter fi­nals of the ninth edi­tion of the 2016 Games held in In­done­sia where she col­lected two sil­vers and one bronze.

“Happy kaayo ko nga kulba (I’m ex­cited and ner­vous),” she told Sun.Star Davao. Though her knee still both­ers her, she said that she will do her best to im­prove her medal haul from last time. Palarong Pam­bansa veteran and Batang Pi­noy Mi­danao cham­pion Reza Tuba is also en­tered in women’s 1,500m.

Also see­ing ac­tion to­day are Bruce Per­nia (men’s dis­cus), Chris­tine Jean Pon­garon and Shara Diaz (women’s 100m), Dar­win Ta­jora and Billy Moli­nos (men’s 100m), Joanna Marie Agudo and An­gel­ica Vil­lanueva (women’s 400m) and Nicko Ca­paroso and Nor­man Luardo (men’s 1,500m).

The women’s and women’s 4X100 me­ter re­lay will be played tonight.

Team Min­danao, mean­while, will start ac­tion in wushu, ath­let­ics and taek­wondo to­day.

Wushu as­sis­tant coach Melissa Pi­mentel said the ath­letes are ready and up­beat about their stint. “Forms lang po la­hat sa wushu com­pe­ti­tion. Ma­ga­gal­ing po ang mga bata natin,” she said at the Wafa Ho­tel and Apart­ment.

Taek­wondo coach Hy­oung Joo Kim, mean­while, ear­lier pro­jected about five to six golds from the team.

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