OROQUIETA, Misamis Occidental. — During the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Games in Tagum, Davao del Norte, young swimmer Leano Vince Dalman, only 10 then, seemed awestruck competing in his first major competition and was a total washout.

Fast forward two years later and Dalman has matured. He seems poised to become the next swimming sensation from Mindanao after collecting his third straight gold medal on Thursday in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao regionals at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Complex pool here.

Sustaining his winning form that powered him to victories in the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter backstroke on Wednesday, Dalman posted a winning time of one minutes and 13.50 seconds in the boys 12-under individual medley race to remain perfect in his events.

Bukidnon’s Anton Rafaele Malayang (1:22.10) and Tawi-Tawi’s Rajul Mustaman (1:24.19) took the silver and bronze, respectively, at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Complex pool.

“Masaya po ako kasi hindi po ako nanalo sa Tagum noong nakaraan,” said the Grade 6 Dipolog Pilot Elementary School student.

But he has shown tremendous improvement since then and in fact was the most outstanding swimmer in the elementary division of the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association meet last December where he swept all of his seven events.

He will seek redemption in the next Batang Pinoy Games Nationals scheduled in Baguio City in September.  

Dalman eyes gold medals in 100-meter backstroke and 50-meter butteffly events on Friday in the meet hosted by the Misamis Occidental provincial government led by Gov. Herminia Ramiro.     

Other achievers were Zamboanga City archer John Ross de Sosa and athletic bets Febie Joy Moreno and Hazel Arellano, who picked up their second gold medals in the grassroots sports showcase organized by the Philippine Sports Commission.

Competing at the Aloran Elemenary School on the outskirts of the provincial capital, De Sosa scored 326 points to rule the boys 60-meter event, winning his second gold after topping the 30-meter distance (317) the other day.

“I am very happy since pinaghirapan ko po ito,” the San Roque National High School Grade 7 student said of his accomplishment in the competition co-hosted by the Oroquieta City government led by Mayor Jason Almonte.

“I believe it runs in the family. Archery is our family sport,” noted father-coach Jonathan, 33, who won a silver and bronze medal in the 2000 “Millennium” Palarong Pambansa held in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. “Hopefully he can gain more in his two events tomorrow.”

Not to be outdone, Davao del Norte’s Hazel Arellano and Hagonoy Davao del Sur’s Febie Joy Moncera also had a pair of gold medals to boast after securing the girls long jump and shot put, respectively.

Over at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Complex, Arellano, 15, had a leap of 5:01 meters in the girls long jump gold while Moreno had a winning throw of 9.16 meters in the event co-hosted by the Oroquieta City government led by Jason Almonte.        

“Sana maka-third na gold po ako bukas,” said Arellano, a Grade 9 Tagum City National High School student, who also captured the girls triple jump title last Wednesday and will gun for a golden treble in the girls 100-meter run on Friday.  

A Grade 7 student at Hagonoy National High School, Moreno will also seek her third mint in the girls javelin throw on Saturday.

In other early morning athletic events, Davao City garnered two gold medals courtesy of Andrea Annabel de Guia in the 3,000-meter run (11 minutes and 40 seconds) and Sharon Gay Marcojos in the girls 2,000-meter walkathon (12 minutes and 33 seconds. South Cotabato’s Peter Lachica ruled the boys 2,000-meter walk in 12 minutes. 

Source: http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/sports/dipolog-tanker-emerges-first-triple-gold-medalist