SWEEP­ING VIC­TO­RIES

Palawan track­sters Jhon Lloyd Ca­balo and Jes­sel Luma­pas save day for Team Philip­pines with golden fin­ishes in first day of BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games 2018 ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion

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

Brunei - While Dabawenyos-ban­nered Min­danao suf­fered a medal shutout, Palawan’s Jhon Lloyd Ca­balo and Jes­sel Luma­pas saved the day for Team Philip­pines by sweep­ing the men’s and women’s 400-meter golds, re­spec­tively, as the BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games 2018 ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion kicked off at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan here Fri­day evening.

Luma­pas, 18, a Grade 12 Hu­man­i­ties stu­dent at Na­tional Univer­sity, first pock­eted the coun­try’s gold after clock­ing 57.47 sec­onds in women’s 400 me­ters. She raced past Nur­fadil­lah Mulyadi (1:00.71) of South Su­lawesi and Pu­teri Nur Safi­rah Ga­jali (1:02.22) of Sabah who copped the sil­ver and bronze, re­spec­tively.

The golden feat came on the heels of tak­ing a sil­ver in women’s 100-meter dash. She only had a three-minute rest be­fore run­ning the 400.

“Mahina talaga labas ko nung sa 100. Yung sa 400, in­u­unti-unti ko nag­pac­ing lang,” the 2018 Palarong Pam­bansa quadru­ple gold medal­ist and women’s ath­let­ics most valu­able player (MVP) said in an in­ter­view with Sun­Star Davao.

She was also a sil­ver medal­ist in the same event in the Asean Schools Games. Ca­balo, mean­while, se­cured the sec­ond gold in a come-from-be­hind fash­ion. He reg­is­tered 50.14 sec­onds to de­feat Sabah’s Isa­iah Ng Jian Lung (50.97) and South Su­lawesi’s Nurhi­dayat Yusuf (51.29).

He was trail­ing bets from North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Malaysia and In­done­sia in the first 150 me­ters.

“Bi­nan­tayan ko ang Aus­tralia kasi sya ang sec­ond best time sa akin sa semi­fi­nals sa last 150 pero nag peak ako at nung last 80 naabu­tan ko na ang Malaysia at In­done­sia sila kasi yung nan­gun­guna at nung last 50 me­ters, nag full blast na ako,” he said in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view.

The 18-year-old, who is also an NU var­sity scholar like Luma­pas, said, he can’t thank God enough for the bless­ings he has been re­ceiv­ing.

He added, “So­brang ang daming bless­ings ni Lord kasi nag-gold rin ako sa katat­a­pos lang na Uaap, gold sa 1,500 at sil­ver sa 400 at 800. Na-break ko pa record sa 800 sa semi­fi­nals at nagcham­pion din ako sa 800 sa Patafa.”

Stand­ing at five-foot-three, Ca­balo was the small­est run­ner among eight fi­nal­ists, yet, he stood out and sur­prised them and the rest of the spec­ta­tors.

He even heard Aus­tralians cheer­ing him on and shout­ing at the grand­stand, “Go Pan­dak!”

Ca­balo ex­plained, “Narinig ata nila na may tu­mawag na Pan­dak sa akin kaya yun din sini­gaw nila nung nag-cheer sila (laughs). Natakot ako sa sim­ula kasi nasa bey­wang or sa ba­likat lang nila ako.”

He ded­i­cated his gold to mother Imelda who sin­gle-hand­edly raised him through dress­mak­ing in Palawan.

“First time kong maglaro sa ibang bansa at gusto kong mag­bi­gay ng karangalan sa Mama ko at sa Pilip­inas,” Ca­balo added.

Palawan also an­nexed a sil­ver and bronze in men’s 1,500m for Palawan’s 2-2-2 to­tal medal haul Fri­day. Davao City’s Diana Mae Me­mora­cion, for her part, lost steam in the sec­ond lap to place fourth in the women’s 1,500m fi­nals. She said that her legs and feet al­ready gave up. She hopes to re­cover in the 800m set Satur­day evening.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

FIRST. Palawan-Philip­pines’s Jhon Lloyd Ca­balo flashes the No. 1 sign as he reaches the fin­ish line first to an­nex the men’s 400-meter gold medal Fri­day evening in the first day of BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games 2018 ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan, Brunei.

MAR­I­ANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN

BACK-TO-BACK. Jhon Lloyd Ca­balo and Jes­sel Luma­pas pose with their men’s and women’s 400-meter gold medals Fri­day evening in the first day of BIMPNT-Eaga Friend­ship Games 2018 ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion at the Has­sanal Bolkiah Na­tional Sports Com­plex in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan, Brunei.

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