Igot beats hometown fave Carlos for 6th Batang Pinoy gold

Aldrener Igot. PSC
By Dugout Philippines

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan—Aldrener Igot, Jr. of Cebu City bested Nathaniel Carlos of host Puerto Princesa, 6-2, on Thursday in the cub boys’ Olympic round to clinch his sixth gold medal in archery in the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex here.

Igot, 14, will have a chance to pocket two more golds and become the games’ most bemedaled athlete as he is scheduled to compete in Friday’s boys’ team with Khalil Jusper Abella and Kien Zhyron Torreon and mixed team with Shane Dinopol.

“My initial target is seven golds, but if there’s a chance I can win eight, I will go for it,” said Igot, an eight-grader of the Don Carlos A. Gothong School and a native of Pasil who earlier swept all the distance events—20m, 30m, 40m, 50m and FITA—in the first two days, in Filipino.

Naina Dominique Tagle of Dumaguete, for her part, turned back Dinopol of Cebu in the girls’ side to hike her total to five.

Magvrylle Matchino of Laguna took some of the thunder from the eagle-eyed Igot as she scooped up three gold medals to become centerpiece athletics’ best performer with a total haul with four mints and a silver.

Matchino, 14, anchored the girls’ 4x100m and 4x400m team of Janine Dauba, Evita Ruth Belloso and Kyla Elona to a pair of victories with clocking of 52.4 seconds and 4:17.30, respectively, and then won the 2000m steeplechase in 7:38.8 to add to her triumph in the 1,500m the day before. She had an extra silver in the 800m.

The other winners at the track were San Fernando, Pampanga’s Franz Michael Matos, Marvin Ramos, Andrei Luigi Bautista and Justin Cain Lingat (boys’ 4x100m), Negros Occidental’s Franzine Alamo (girls’ triple jump), Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte’s Aaron Gumban (boys’ 2000m steeplechase), Camarines Sur’s Gilbert Andrei Velasco (boys’ triple jump), and Baguio’s City’s Hussein Lorana (boys’ 1500m).

In the overall race, Baguio City overtook Cebu City and now has 17 gold, 14 silver and 21 bronze medals including victories in judo courtesy of Leerenz Tindaan (-50kgs class), Aoen Lance Kim (-55kgs), and Wright Lonogan (-60kgs).

The Igot-powered Cebu City slipped to second with a 15-19-19 (gold-silver-bronze) haul while Davao City (15-12-14), Pasig (14-24-12) and Cotabato (14-3-1) were at third to fifth places.

In cycling, Ruben del Cruz of Pangasinan, Athena Magpantay of Sara, Iloilo and Lwahna Montanes of Paranaque clocked 7:21.8, 27:13.9 and 37:15.3 in reigning supreme in the respective age brackets in cross country mountain bike.

In sepak takraw, Rose Ann Alila, Kristine Brigino and Rea Lawan of Sta. Maria, Bulacan copped the girls regu team event gold while Rey Pueblo, John Carl Huessa, Franz Matapuego, Fritz Pastrana and Shermon Lee of Mina, Iloilo ruled boys regu team event.

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