Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ace swimmer Adorna perfect 7-of-7 for NCR

Ace swimmer Adorna perfect 7-of-7 for NCR
by:Ramos, Alfredo

MANILA, Philippines—Swimmer Claire Adorna of the National Capital Region adorned herself with a seventh gold medal in as many events Thursday to emerge as the winningest athlete in the Commission on Higher Education National Games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
The 16-year-old Adorna grabbed her last gold by anchoring the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay team of Jacklyn Junio, Queenie Lao and Jacqueline Gan to victory with a time of five minutes and 1.39 seconds.
Adorna, a freshman sports science student at the University of the Philippines, earlier struck in the women’s 100-meter butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 400m individual medley, 50m free and in the 4x100m free relay.
Day 1 heroine Carla Grabador, also of UP, also had a chance for a seven-gold romp but her partnership with Claudine Legaspi, Eilene Llamado and Kate Asumbro in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay could do no better than a bronze.
The younger sister of RP national water polo player Ivan Grabador prevailed earlier in the 400m free and 50m fly to raise her golden collection to six.
Western Visayas’ Jorelyn Padrona, Alexandra Catolico, Mengie Makilan and Vanessa Rosales copped the gold in the 4x200 free relay with Region 4A (Calabarzon) taking second place.
At the Rizal Memorial oval, University of Santo Tomas’ Serenata Saluan bagged her second gold for the day by ruling the women’s 800 meter with a time of two minutes and 9.9 seconds.
The winning time surpassed her clocking of 2:10.08 in the UAAP athletics competition 20 days ago.
She earlier won the women’s 3,000-meter run in 10:29.9 to become the most bemedalled athlete in track and field.
The 5-foot-6 trackster, who bagged seven golds in the recent UAAP, will go for a perfect romp on Friday in the 4x400m relay, her last event.
Because this is the first time the CHEd is holding integrated national games, the winning performances are compared against existing collegiate records.
Last Tuesday, Saluan also surpassed the UAAP mark of 4:39.8 set by Bernardita Magaso in winning the women’s 1,500m in 4:37.4.
For her twin feats, Saluan will receive P40,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission which pledged P20,000 for each collegiate record surpassed.
In boxing, Cordillera Administrative Region sent three boxers to the finals, while Region 4B (Mimaropa) and Region 11 had two each.
Crisanto Godaren of CAR outpointed John Farrel Belarmino of Region 4B (17-9) in the 51kg division, teammate Davic Pacray scored a referee-stopped-contest win over Frismar Inopia of Region 4B in the 54kg category, while Glicerio Catolico routed Quirino Mellejor Jr. of Region 11 (Southern Mindanao), 41-7, in the 57kg class.
Mimaropa’s Lorry Castor and Redentor Mabras also advanced to the gold medal matches, beating Kennedy Zamudio of Region 1 (Ilocos Region), 32-9, in 48kg and Nino Zabala of NCR, 41-22, in 57kg, respectively.
Mark Anthony Barriga defeated Allan Refuela of Region 7 (26-7) in 48kg, while Alfredo Deano also overwhelmed CAR’s Victor Peking, 23-17, in the 60kg class to boost Southern Mindanao’s stock.


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