Hometown bet places second
Hometown bet Wally Gacusan placed second in the boys’ high jump event to salvage a silver, the highest medal copped by the Filipino bets in the opening of the 12th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championship Monday at the Ilagan City Sports Complex in Isabela.
The event serves as the final tryouts for members of the national team that will see action in the coming 29TH SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.
A 17-year-old Gacusan, a student at Isabela National High School, submitted 1.81 meters, while compatriot Janmell Francis Gervacio pocketed the bronze medal (1.70 meters).
Vietnam’s Vo Ngoc Long Cao placed first for his 2.0-meter effort.
Although the gold was elusive for the Filipino athletes on the first day of competition, Gacusan’s effort put the Philippines in fourth spot in the standings with three silver and six bronze medals.
Vietnam is on top with four gold, while Indonesia and Thailand are tied with three gold apiece.
Gold medalists in the prestigious event will receive P10,000 incentives, while the silver winners gets P8,000 and P5,000 for the bronze medalists.
Former national track champion Eduardo Buenavista’s son Eduard Josh, has made his presence felt after placing third in the boys’ 3,000-meter run with a clocking of nine minutes and 25.85 seconds.
Indonesia’s Hendrik Marlyonda topped the event submitting a time of 9:07.36 for the gold, followed by Syed Hussein Aljuneid of Singapore (9:10.98). (Axel Roman)