Dula, Tom, Talosig, Igot join 5-gold club in Batang Pinoy nationals

John Talosig needed barely four minutes and 20 seconds to win his fifth gold in the Batang Pinoy National Finals. PSC
By Dugout Philippines

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan—Tankers Mark Bryan Dula of Paranaque, Aubrey Tom of Cainta and John Alexander Talosig of Cotabato and archer Aldrener Igot, Jr. of Cebu City came out victorious on Wednesday to emerge the first quintuple gold medal winners in the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex here.

Talosig, 15, joined gymnast Karl Eldrew Yulo in the elite five-gold club after he ruled the boys’ 400m freestyle in four minutes and 20.03 seconds before Dula, 12, joined him a few minutes later after he topped the 100-meter backstroke in 1:8.11 seconds.

Tom, 12, then barged into that exclusive group by reigning supreme in the 50m freestyle in 28.93 seconds in this weeklong meet backed by Milo.

Igot, 14, for his part, struck in archery where he copped the 40m, 50m and FITA golds to add to the two he already snared in the 20m and 30m the day before.

Unlike Yulo and the swimmers, the eighth-grader from Don Carlos A. Gothong Memorial National High School will have a chance to win more, possibly a maximum of eight, as he is scheduled to compete in the Olympic round, mixed and boys’ team in the coming days.

“I’m hopeful I can win more,” said Igot in Filipino.

Talosig’s other mints came in the 400m individual medley and 1500m free Monday and 400m IM and 200m free Tuesday while Dula sourced his other golds from the 50m back and 100m butterfly on Day One and the 50m fly and 200m back the next day.

Tom was the first to make a big ripple and win four golds following her triumphs in the 100m free, 50m back and 200m IM the first day and 50m fly the next.

Talosig’s younger sister, 13-year-old Jie Angela Mikaela, made a name for herself at the pool after she collected her third gold in the 400m free for girls’ 15-under by clocking 4:42.89.

Naina Dominique Tagle of Dumaguete also made some noise in archery after she hauled golds in the 40m, 50m and fita to hike her total to four.

Tagle’s earlier win came in the 20m but was denied another one by eventual winner Sophie Kyran Manuel of Makati in the 30m and wound up with a silver there.

Other winners at the pool were Sta. Rosa’s Ysabelle Jean Alcazar (100m back), Laguna’s Prince Dave Calma (100m back), Kalibo, Aklan’s Kyla Soguilon (100m back), Negros Occidental’s Troy Castor (50m free), Dagupan’s Gabriel Angelo Jizmundo (50m free), Puerto Princesa’s June Pearl Daganio (50m free), Laguna’s Franz Isaac Ubando (200m fly), Dasmarinas’ Renavive Rontessa Subida (200m fly), Marikina’s Sean Isaac Villanueva (200m fly) and Thea Diane Canda (200m fly).

Lheslie de Lima of Camarines Sur, who won in the 800m two days ago, took her second gold in the girls’ 3000m gold in 11:23.3 ahead of Joyce Satia of Negros Occidental (11:26.6) and Pagadian’s Cathy Tual (11:29.8).

Erica Marie Ruto of Calamba likewise claimed her second gold in the 200m by timing in 26.1.

Ligao’s Julius Ranosa (200m), Bulacan’s Marvelyn Canon (long jump), Cebu Province’s Gio Beguna (javelin), Zambales’ Janine Ledina (javelin), Pasig’s Gabriel Amit Oxales (2000m walk), Pagadian’s John Rey Cano (400m hurdles) and Pangasinan’s Ana Marie Eugenio (400m hurdles) were the other track winners.

Meanwhile, Cebu City was on top of the medal tally at press time with a haul of 12 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medals followed by Pasig (11-16-6), Quezon City (11-10-5) and Davao City (11-5-12).

In weightlifting, Zamboanga City continued to pile up the golds courtesy of Mango Prince Tarro and Albert Ian delos Santos and now has a total of five.

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