Anden wins gold in Asian Paralympics
By: Clyde Mariano (Tempo)
ATHLETICSJomer Anden won gold and bronze medals in athletics while the duo of Romel Lucencio and Julian Intoy bagged the bronze in table tennis in the Asian Youth Paralympics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently.
Team official Jose Luis Arellano broke the news to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia recently. The tournament featured more than 3,000 disabled athletes aged 19 years and below from 43 countries.
The success of Anden, Lucencio, and Intoy saved the day for the Philippines that lost in wheelchair basketball and swimming.
The Filipinos beat Jordan but lost to Japan that eventually won the gold in wheelchair basketball while the lone entry in swimming lost to his superior rivals.
“Although we did not win the title, we beat favored Jordan. It’s already a big consolation and I’m proud of our boys,” said Arellano. “Imagine, we competed only in four sports and our athletes brought home one gold and two bronzes,” added Arellano.
Veteran Adeline Dumapong did not compete in the competition supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee that allocated P1.8 million.
The remarkable showing in athletics and table tennis erased the disappointing showing in previous staging in Tokyo and Singapore.