PNP athletes strike gold in World Police and Fire Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 11, 2017 03:45 PM
The Philippine National Police badminton team brought home a total of 9 medals, including 4 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze. (Photo from Steve Angeles via Twitter @StevieAngeles)
Athletes from the Philippine National Police represented the country well, so far, bringing home gold medals in the badminton event of the annual World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) in Los Angeles, California.
The Philippine National Police badminton team brought home a total of 9 medals, including 4 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze.
Police Sub Inspector Renato Reyes finished first place in badminton for the 50-and-over division after edging his opponent from Chinese Taipei in the third set, 21-19.
Meanwhile, PO2 Anabelle Sevilla's training was well worth it, as she claimed a gold medal and 2 silvers in the women's division.
"It paid lahat yung mga hirap namin sa training kaya masaya," Sevilla said.
Shuttler PO3 Luningning Jagmis, a four-time competitor, bagged two golds this year to up her total tally to 9 medals from the meet.
"Masayang mag join sa World Police, makakasama mga ibang bansa, mga police and fire fighters," she bared.
In the boxing events, rookie pug Jose Daryl Sobretodo dominated Ryan McAvoy of the Calgary Fire Department with unanimous decision win to advance to the semifinals.
Sobretodo will take the ring once more, and a victory will take the PNP officer to the finals this weekend.
"Masarap ang pakiramdam sa unang laro ko dito sa World Police and Fire Games, unang laro panalo na," Sobretodo said.
Over at the basketball tournament, defending UNTV champion PNP Responders fell short against the New York City Boldest in the men's 35-and-older division.
Even with the loss, the Responders have a lot of chances to bounce back, and they still have a shot at gold, as they will have games everyday this week.
"I feel grateful we're here in LA representing the Philippines thru the PNP," Responders' Roland Onipig of the Responders said.
The games will continue until August 16, (August 17, PHL time).
The Philippine contingents still have a chance to rack up more medals as the meet continues this weekend with the start of the biathlon and volleyball joust, where the 2017 Beach Volleyball Republic national champions PO1 Karen Quilario and PO1 Lourdilyn Catubag of team Tagum-PNP are scheduled to compete.
With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.