Bacolodnon Villaran captures Batang Pinoy gold

Posted by watchmen
December 21, 2023
Posted in SPORTS

 

Bacolodnon hurdler Mico Villaran with head coach Miguel Arca (Addy Arca photo) 
Bacolodnon hurdler Mico Villaran with head coach Miguel Arca (Addy Arca photo)

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Hurdler Mico Villaran of Bacolod City captured a gold medal in the athletics event of the 2023 Batang Pinoy National Championships at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City on Tuesday afternoon, December 19.

Villaran, a standout from Romanito Maravilla National High School, took home his first gold medal in the week-long competition after finishing on top in the men’s 110-meter hurdles event.

In taekwondo, Bacolod jins Ace Sha Oro and Joshua Emmanel Deita captured a gold medal apiece in the light-heavyweight and light-middleweight divisions, respectively.

Justin James Diasnes and Shein Nicole de Asis, representing Iloilo City in the tournament, also bagged a gold medal each in the men’s lightweight and kyorugi fifth categories, respectively.

Caloocan City’s Brianna Elyse Cajucom clinched gold in the Individual Kata female 10-to-11 years old category, while Davao City secured gold in the Individual Kata male 12-to-13 years old class, courtesy of Robert Bryan Dayanan.

Meanwhile, Pasig’s Arvin Naeem Taguinota II shone brightest in the Batang Pinoy swimming competition, as he clinched three gold medals at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

After securing a gold in the boys’ 8-to-12 years old 200-m individual medley on Monday, December 18, Taguinota continued to shine by dominating the boys’ 12-and-Under 50-m backstroke and boys’ 12-and-Under 100-m backstroke events.

Taguinota had an impressive time of 31.15 seconds to dominate his opponents in the 50-m backstroke event, while he ended up with a time of one minute and 5.63 seconds in the 100-m backstroke.

Jamesray Mishael Ajido of Mandaluyong City also clinched two gold medals as he triumphed in the boys’ 13-to-15 200-m individual medley (2:15.30) and the boys’ 13-to-15 50-m butterfly (25.94).

For her part, Parañaque City’s Michaela Jasmine Mojdeh excelled in the girls’ 16-to-17 200-m individual medley (2:28.18) and girls’ 16-to-17 50-m butterfly (29.27) to also clinch two gold medals./ASC, WDJ

 

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