GOLD RUSH

Davao City’s Fritz Jun Ro­driguez bags sec­ond gold medal in BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games 2018 swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion Fel­low Dabawenyos Eir­ron Seth Vibar and Lora Micah Amoguis struck for one gold each to help lift Min­danao-PH’s swim­ming’s Day 2 haul

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAR­I­ANNE S. ABALAYAN / Edi­tor

Brunei - Davao City tankers col­lected three more gold medals, one sil­ver and one bronze here yes­ter­day morn­ing for Team Min­danao-Philip­pines, rais­ing their to­tal to six golds, seven sil­vers and four bronzes so far as of 12 noon in the on­go­ing BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion here.

Fritz Jun Ro­driguez, who won the 50-meter breas­troke Thurs­day, fol­lowed it up with an­other golden fin­ish in 100-meter breas­troke as the swim­fest re­sumed at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

He reg­is­tered one minute and 9.59 sec­onds over Dar­ren Ngui Moh Gin of Sarawak, Malaysia (1:09:61) and Dabawenyo Ed­ward Al­faro III (1:11.28) who set­tled for sil­ver and bronze, re­spec­tively.

Ro­driguez, 17, of San Beda Univer­sity, is see­ing ac­tion in the Games for the first time. Thus, clinch­ing gold medals was more than he could ever hope for.

Eir­ron Seth Vibar, 16, a Grade 10 stu­dent of Apo Learn­ing Vil­lage, cap­tured the gold in men’s 200m but­ter­fly, smash­ing his own per­sonal best time of 2:17 with a 2:16.49 record.

“This is over­whelm­ing, I am so thank­ful for this ex­pe­ri­ence. I re­ally did not ex­pect to win the gold, I thought I would only end up with a sil­ver,” Vibar, also an Eaga Games new­bie, said. He also thanked his coach, team­mates and his fam­ily for their sup­port.

South Su­lawesi Prov­ince’s Andi Eko Sa­pu­tra (2:21.05) copped the sil­ver while North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Flynn White (2:25.9) sal­vaged the bronze.

In women’s 200m back­stroke, Ab­bas Or­chard School’s sev­enth grader Lora Micah Amoguis, 12, proved that size and age don’t re­ally mat­ter as she bested big­ger, taller and older ri­vals to claim the gold. She timed 2:35.61 while Sabah’s Janet Fabian (2:38.45) and South Su­lawesi’s Wan Agustina (2:39.43) wounded up in the next two places.

“It’s un­ex­pected be­cause in my first event, 100 back­stroke, I re­ally did bad be­cause I was mil­lisec­onds away from the third. I told my­self I won’t make that same mis­take ever again so I prayed to God if it’s time to get a medal or just to have fun. But I said, `It’s for you Lord, my Mom and my Dad’,” she shared after re­ceiv­ing her medal.

Her younger sis­ter 11-yearold Liaa Mar­garette, for her part, an­nexed the women’s 200m but­ter­fly with 2:31.34, trail­ing be­hind North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Lau­ren McSkim­ming, 18, (2:28.48) who sealed the gold. Davao City swim­mer Ju­liana Vil­lanueva, 14, (2:33.33) ended up with the bronze.

Amoguis said she’s used to com­pet­ing against big­ger op­po­nents, adding, “Whether they are big­ger or faster, I will just do my best. When you do your best you will feel happy about it.”

She eyes to win at least one gold in three events that she will still be com­pet­ing in.

Other swim­ming events re­sumed as of presstime.

MAR­I­ANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN

GOLD BITES. Eir­ron Seth Vibar and Lora Micah Amoguis bite their re­spec­tive gold medals after top­ping the men’s 200-meter but­ter­fly and women’s 200m back­stroke events.

SWEET SEC­OND. Davao City’s Fritz Jun Ro­driguez breaks away to rule the men’s 100-meter breas­troke event en­route to clinch­ing his sec­ond gold medal yes­ter­day morn­ing in the BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan, Brunei.

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