OROQUIETA, Misamis Occidental – Dipolog City’s Leano Vince Dalman topped the boys 12-and-under 100-meter butterfly stroke event on Thursday, emerging as the first triple gold medalist in the Batang Pinoy Games Mindanao regional qualifiers here.


Continuing his winning form after wins in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter backstroke on Wednesday, Dalman splashed away to an impressive victorious time of one minutes and 13.50 seconds to remain perfect in his events.


Leaving behind in his wake were Bukidnon’s Anton Rafaele Malayang (1:22.10) and Tawi-Tawi’s Rajul Mustaman (1:24.19), who 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, who washed out in the 2016 Batang Pinoy Nationals held in Tagum, Davao  del Norte.


But the young swimmer has shown tremendous improvement since then and 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. 


Dalman was eyeing to boost his haul to two more mints in the 100-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly 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 Mancera and Hazel Arellano, who a picked up their second golds 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 topscored with 326 points to rule the boys 60-meter event, adding his second mint to his collection after topping the 30-meter distance (317) the other day.


“I am very happy since pinaghirapan ko po ito,” said the San Roque National High School Grade 7 student said of his accomplishment in the competition also 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 “Millenium” 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 Mancera likewise had a pair of golds to boast for themselves 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 securing the girls long jump gold while Mancera 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 be gunning for a golden treble in the girls 100-meter run on Friday. 


A Grade 7 student at Hagonoy National High School, Mancera was also seeking her third mint in the girls javelin throw on Saturday.