6TH BIMP-EAGA GAMES
Mindanao, Palawan win golds in swimming, athletics
BY CHARLES RAYMOND A. MAXEY
Of Sun.Star Davao
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—Mindanao struck for two more golds in swimming, while Palawan harvested a pair in athletics as the two Philippine contingents finally got their momentum going in the 6th Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) at the Aquatic Center in the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex here.
Lawin Dacera of General Santos City bagged his second gold Friday afternoon, then Haroon Cali of Davao City came through with a golden swim in the 50-meter backstroke to help Mindanao occupy third place in the medal standings with three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals.
Sabah is leading the way thus far with 12 golds, eight silvers and two bronze medals, while Sarawak is at second place with its 3-4-4 gold-silver-bronze medal count.
The 13-year-old Dacera, who earlier topped the boys 400-meter IM, clocked two minutes, 20.64 seconds to win pulling away in the 200 IM, one of his pet events.
The 21-year-old Cali, who is competing in the Games for the last time, actually had the same time of Wong Ka Sheng of Sabah at 30.57 seconds and the two shared the gold.
During the medal presentation, however, the Philippine national anthem was played ahead of Malaysia and the Filipino contingent waved miniature RP flags and broke into applause to honor Cali.
Cali, a fourth-year student at the University of Mindanao (UM) taking up Education, had won a relay gold and an individual silver during the BIMP-Eaga Games in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia several years back.
Over at the track and field venue, Palawan registered a one-two finish in the 1,500-meter run late Friday courtesy of Flordeliza Donos and Jila dela Rosa, who won the gold and silver medals, respectively.
Donos and Dela Rosa, who is just 14 years old, came back Friday morning to also rule the 800-meter run, underscoring their dominance in the long distance events here.
The pair of golden runs elated Palawan track and field coach Alyn Sumagaysay, who credicted her runners for their efforts.
“Of course I’m happy. They gave it their best,” said Sumagaysay, adding that it was Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn who supported the athletes’ trip to Brunei.