Dula leads Phl top swim­mers in Dubai meet

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Ele­men­tary School-Parañaque’s Marc Bryan Dula led the coun­try’s 14-gold, 12-sil­ver, two­bronze medal haul on the open­ing day of the 2018 Hamil­ton Aquat­ics Win­ter Long Course Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships at the Hamil­ton Aquat­ics Cen­ter in Dubai.

Dula, the reign­ing Philip­pine Swim­ming League (PSL) Male Swim­mer of the Year, stamped his class in the boys’ 11-year divi­sion by win­ning four gold medals against tall and older ri­vals.

He opened his cam­paign with an im­pres­sive show­ing in the 50m back­stroke, sub­mit­ting 32.85 sec­onds to out­class In­dian Utkarsh Gor (33.02) and Euro­pean Bry­dan Byrne (35.65).

Dula con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate his divi­sion with gold-medal per­for­mances in the 100m but­ter­fly (1:07.63), 200m but­ter­fly (2:36.17) and 200m back­stroke (2:35.55) in the tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing 500 tankers from some 20 coun­tries.

Dula next plunges into ac­tion in the 400m freestyle, 50m but­ter­fly, 100m back­stroke, 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley and 50m freestyle.

Palarong Pam­bansa most be­medalled swim­mer Mi­caela Jas­mine Mo­jdeh of Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Col­lege-Parañaque copped three golds – in the girls’ 12-year, 200m IM (2:31.81), 100m breast­stroke (1:19.09) and 50m but­ter­fly (30.17) while John Alexan­der Talosig added two golds (200m freestyle, 2:07.22, and 400m IM, 5:00.95) in boys’ 14-years.

Other gold medal win­ners were Mar­cus De Kam in 13-years 200m freestyle (2:10.00) and 100m freestyle (58.84); Al­bert Ser­mo­nia II, 12 years, 200m but­ter­fly (2:30.92), and Fran­cisco Cordero III (12-years 50m breast­stroke (32.93) and Yo­han Mikhail Ca­bana (13-years 50m back­stroke, 31.64)

“Our swim­mers per­formed well in the open­ing day. We are hop­ing to win more on the sec­ond day. Our coun­ter­parts are very happy that our swim­mers are swim­ming with them com­pet­i­tively. They saw po­ten­tials in our swim­mers that’s why they love invit­ing us,” said PSL pres­i­dent Su­san Papa.

The other medal win­ners were Mervien Jules Mi­randilla (two sil­vers in the boys’ 16-year 200m but­ter­fly, 2:13.99, and 100m but­ter­fly, 58.49), Jie An­gela Talosig (two sil­vers in the girls’ 12-year 50m freestyle, 29.81, and 100m breast­stroke, 1:21.20, and two bronzes in the 200m breast­stroke, 2:58.19, and 200m IM, 2:36.83), and Lawrence Ja­cob Arabes (boys’ 17-year 200m bt­ter­fly, 2:26.09) and Kiara Eroy (girls’ 13-year 50m but­ter­fly, 32.29) with one sil­ver apiece.

Marc Bryan Dula dis­plays his four gold medals.

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