Team PHI nets multiple gold medals in Arafura Games opener

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 28, 2019 06:36 AM
Team PHI nets multiple gold medals in Arafura Games opener
The Philippine athletics team accounted for the bulk on the country's gold medal haul in Day One of the 2019 Arafura Games.

DARWIN, Australia –- The Philippine athletics and swimming bets combined for the country’s 10 gold medal haul Saturday in Day One of the 2019 Arafura Games here.

Swimmer Lora Micah Amogious copped two mints after winning the girl’s 13-14 years old 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke.      

Amogious clocked on 2:33.63 in the IM and 1:10.53 in backstroke for two of swimming three gold medal finishes.

Ivo Niolai Enot delivered the other swimming gold medal with his win in the boys 13-14 years old 100m backstroke (1:05.52).   

The PHI tankers also had eight silver and five bronze medals.

In athletics, Abigail Manzano ruled the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase for the country’s first gold of the day.

Nicko Caparoso followed suit in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Bruce Fernia won in the men’s javelin throw, John Lloyd Cabalo conquered the men’s 400-meter run while Jessel Lumapas was victorious in the women’s 400-meter run.

Mark Anthony Casena took the top podium finish in men’s triple jump while the Team PHI won the gold in men’s 4x100m relay.

The Filipino bets also had two silvers and one broze.

Meanwhile, Kate Diaz won the Philippines’ first medal after capturing the silver medal in the women’s weightlifting competition.

The 15-year-old Diaz lifted 115 kilograms after tallying 50 kilograms in the snatch and 65 kilograms in the clean and jerk in the women’s 45kg division to give the country a silver.

Shi Yue Shan of Chinese Taipei won the gold after lifting 120 kilograms following a 53 in the snatch and 67 in the clean and jerk. Diaz said it was a learning experience for her after she fell short of a gold for failing to lift 70 kilograms in her second and third attempt in the clean and jerk.

“Siguro may reason si God na ginawa niya ito para hindi ako ‘yung parang may kumpiyansa lang na manalo. Hindi kesyo ito lang, ‘yan na lang, hindi ka na magpo-focus. Natutunan ko talaga na kahit anong mangyari, nandoon ‘yung focus at hindi mawawala sa concentration,” said Diaz, who is eyeing a stint in this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Diaz and Shi competed for the gold after about 30 weightlifters from across all weight categories failed to compete for not submitting the Anti-Doping Administration and Management Systems (ADAMS), a document now required by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Meanwhile, the Philippine muay team will see action Sunday at the Darwin Convention Centre with Jenelyn Olsim opening the squad’s campaign in the senior female elite A -54kg semifinals. Phillip Delarmino and Ryan Jakiri will also compete in the men’s -57kg and -63kg respectively, while Ariel Lampacan will battle in the -54kg division in the next few days.

National coach Billy Alumno said the Arafura Games muay competition is a qualifier for the 2021 World Games in which the gold medalists in the -57kg and -63kg class will automatically clinch a berth in the World Games.

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