PNG: Action rages; athletics, swimming up
By: Clyde Mariano (Tempo)
John Chicano pulled off a major upset by winning the gold medal in triathlon and Dany Funelas emerged with the most wins in canoe kayak with three gold and one bronze in the Philippine National Games.
Competing in the 20-yearsand-above category, Chicano clocked one hour, 00.56 seconds in beating Jonard Saim and Nikko Huelgas, who took the silver and bronze, respectively, in 1:02.34 and 1:03.15.
Chicano struggled in swimming but was solid in cycling and running in ruling his event in the third edition of the competition organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee and supervised by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines.
Kim Mangrobang shared honors with Chicano by ruling the distaff side in 1:13.31.803.
Jimuel Patilan and Pauline Fornea topped the men and women 16-19 category in 1:06.02 and 1:17.12.
Funelas, who won gold, silver and bronze in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, annexed the 200m canoe event to finish the three-day competition at Manila Bay with three golds and one bronze.
Rosalyn Esguerrra, a daughter of a fisherman from Masbate and the youngest among the paddlers at 14, won her second gold in the 200m women canoe 1 in 1:18.75, beating Noelle Wenceslao and Janette Escallona.
Filipino-American Jean Nathan Monteclaro captured three gold medals and two bronzes in a sizzling performance at the close of the three-day competition in gymnastics.
The 23-year-old economics student at University of California in Berkeley ruled the parallel bars (13.500 points), rings (12.600 points) and the high bar (12.625), and took the bronze in pommel horse, won by fellow Fil-Am Brandon Judalang, and in vault.
Carlos Yulo, the reigning Palarong Pambansa high school champion, dominated the floor (13,375 points) and parallel bars (12.075) and got the silver in rings juniors ruled by Rafael Ablaza and the bronze in vault won by Allen Christopher Lim.
Lim, from Muntinlupa, captured the high bar (5.825 points) and took the silver in pommel horse bagged by Jan Gwen Timbang of Manila.
In baseball, Philab outwitted Air Force in seven innings, 3-0, sharing honor with the RP Youth team and Marikina, which beat Adamson, 7-0, and La Salle-Taft, 6-4.
Medal-rich athletics starts tomorrow at Philsports and swimming on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial pool.