Fresnido shines; Tennis stars stumble in PNG
By Kristel Satumbaga (Manila Bulletin)

Southeast Asian Games veteran Danilo Fresnido remained untouchable in men’s javelin throw as he humbled the field yesterday while upsets marred the men’s and women’s competitions in tennis in the POC-PSC National Games held at different venues.

Fresnido, representing Laguna, threw the spear to a distance of 66.15 meters on his fifth attempt to capture the gold medal at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Kenny Gonzales of Run For Change (62.10m) and Jose Rizal University’s Melvin Calano (60.87m) finished silver and bronze, respectively.

Fresnido’s feat, however, fell short of his bronze medal effort of 66.27m in the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games.

Far Eastern University’s Janray Ubas gained a piece of the limelight when he claimed the men’s junior high jump gold with a leap of 2.06m.

Other big winners were University of Santo Tomas’ Aldee Faith Denuyo who jumped 5.02m to win the women’s junior gold and TMS-La Salle’s Mat Crespo (41.38m) who ruled the junior hammer throw.

At the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, No. 5 Marc Reyes produced the worthiest win for the day by downing top pick Johnny Arcilla, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals. Edlyn Balanga, seeded fourth, likewise, destroyed the form chart by stunning national team member Clarice Patrimonio to barge into the finals.

Mixing her shots well, Balanga pulled off a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over the second seeded Patrimonio.
With her win, Balanga, who trained in Spain, set up a championship duel with No. 1 Marian Capadocia, a 7-6 (4), 6-0 winner over third pick Roxanne Resma.

“Nahirapan din ako sa kanya. Siguro naunahan ko lang siya,” said Balanga, who stopped playing tennis for seven years and returned to the game last year.

Also marching to the semifinals were former Davis Cupper PJ Tierro, a 6-0, 3-6, 10-4 winner over Ruel Rubellar; No. 2 Elbert Anasta, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Arce Manio, and Rolando Ruel, a 6-2, 7-6 (4) over Reynaldo Mariano.

In chess, Grandmaster Joey Antonio snared the rapid open gold medal Tuesday afternoon at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. International Master Ronald Dableo and IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

Antonio, Dableo and Garcia finished with 6 points after seven rounds, but Antonio won via tiebreak.

Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda clinched the women’s rapid gold, edging WIM Bernadette Galas and WNM Loreshyl Cuizon.

Christian Nanola and Jean Karen Enriquez ruled the rapid boys and girls’ divisions, respectively.