PH begins campaign in Asian Youth Para Games
By: Emil Nogueras (The Manila Times)

The national junior differently-abled athletes have so far earned one gold, one silver and five bronze medals in the 2nd Asian Youth Para Games being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Trackster Jomer Anden delivered the country’s first gold medal when he topped the men’s long jump youth F12 on Wednesday at the National Stadium.

Anden registered 5.17 meters to beat Malaysian rivals Afiq Afifi Rizan (4.89m) and Aiman Syahir Tukiman (4.64m).

He added one bronze in the men’s 100m dash youth T12 with a 12.85-second output behind gold medalist Mohd Faizal Aedil of Malaysia (12.45) and bronze winner Rizan (12.54).

Gary Bejino claimed one silver and one bronze in his pet events in swimming.

Bejino checked in at one minute and 34.50 seconds to wound up second in the men’s 100-meter freestyle S7 dominated by Woraphol Chitsamart of Thailand (1:31.84).

He also placed third in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 in 1:51.95. Yuki Yoshida of Japan took the gold (1:46.30) while Zheng Xiaoliang of China grabbed the silver (1:48.84).

In table tennis, Rommel Lucencio and Julian Intan settled for bronze each after losing their semifinal matches in the men’s singles.
Lucencio bowed to Ming Chee Chao of Malaysia, 8-11, 6-11, 6-11, while Intan succumbed to Yajie Han of China, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11.

Lucencio and Intan collected four points in the men’s team event, good enough to earn the bronze medal. Malaysia had six points for gold followed by the combined team of Iraq and Taiwan with five points.

Cagers John Ray Escalante, Freddie Magdayo, Kim Joshua Toledo, Anthony Canabal, Ronualdo Catapang, Kenneth Tapia, Mark Realista Calvario and John Ericel Nicomedes iare also set to take part in the wheelchair basketball event.