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RP siege in SEAG nets 11 golds

By GERRY CARPIO
The Philippine Star

NAKHON RATCHASIMA – The Philippines struck gold in various fronts, from the Main Stadium to the fencing, dancing and billiard halls to the southern gulf of Thailand, accounting for 11 in all to jump into fourth place overall on the second full day of competitions in the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

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1. sallehon - December 9, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007
Cauayan native nails new SEA Games record
By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan

THAILAND— Arniel Ferrera of Sitio Omiles, Barangay Man-uling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, has proven anew that he’s still the “King of Hammer Throw” in Southeast Asia after breaking his own record of 60.79-meter distance established during the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines two years ago.

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Ferrera, 26, did not only grab the gold in men’s hammer throw in Saturday’s event for this year’s SEA Games in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) here but also set another record by throwing to a distance of 60.98 meters or with .19 meters improvement.

He’s the first SEA Games record breaker here.

“I am happy for setting a new record in SEA Games. Actually, this is for the second time now that I broke the men’s hammer throw record formerly held by Wong Tie Kong of Malaysia in 2003. I broke that in Manila two years ago and now I broke my own record here in Korat,” he said.

He, however, lamented that he failed to meet his target this year of 63 meters.

“It’s my aim to increase my distance by three meters every year. And in this year’s SEA Games, I really aimed at throwing to a distance of 63 meters. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet it, ” Ferrera said but with no sadness on his face.

Instead he said, “I’ll practice more so to realize my target and so on and so forth.”

Ferrera, who only landed in the 7th spot in Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar last year, is hoping to compete again in 2010.

“I hope I will improve more because I also dream to compete in the Olympics four to five years from now,’ he added.

Ferrera is planning to retire from sports and to settle down for good with his girlfriend, who is now in Bacolod attending their business, eight years from now.

Meanwhile, Ferrera, a product of Binalbagan Catholic College, also acknowledged the support of his parents and the rest of the Negrenses who always pray for his success.

He also thanked Fr. Colum O’Halpen, former director of Columban Academy in Cauayan town and now chaplain of Binalbagan-Isable Sugar Company (BISCOM) in Binalbagan, for discovering and trusting him.

“Without Fr. O’Halpen, probably I’m not here now,” he said.

Likewise, he also thanked his partner/coach, Jero Perater for all the support given to him since he was still in college and up to now.

With crutches

On the other hand, Sheena Atillano, a native of La Carlota City, can’t compete with her original game (400m women’ hurdles) today for she can’t walk anymore without the aid of crutches.

Atillano suffered from severe pulled muscle Friday morning that caused her to collapse at the middle of the track oval at His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulradej’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium.

She was on her way to take off full speed in about 30 meters near the finish line for the 100-meter dash (women) event Friday when she sustained leg injury.

“I’m sorry but I can’t really afford to compete (today),” Atillano told Sun.Star-Bacolod.

On the other hand, Marestella Torres, a petite lady from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, was a picture of happiness in Sunday’s talk with Rep. Monico Puentevella here.

Torres also gave gold to the country in women’s long jump Saturday together with Rene Herrera in men’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Gold medallists

Meanwhile, as of press time Sunday, others who harvested golds for the country include Miguel Molina who got two golds for swimming – men’s 200m and 400m individual medley, Ryan Mendoza (atletics – men’s triathlon), Ryan Arabelo (swimming- men’s 200m backstroke), Joey Barba (cycling-men’s downhill), Benjamin Tolentino and Jose Rodriguez (rowing-men’s double sculls), Emmerson Segui (fencing-men’s individual foil), Michelle Bruzola (fencing-women’s individual epee), Marlon Manalo and Antonio Gabica (billiard and snooker -men’s 9-ball pool doubles) and Emmanuel Reyes and Maira Rosete (dance sports – standard tango and standard quick step).

Silver medallists

While the silver medalists include Midel Dique (athletics- men’s 800), Mary Grace Milgar (athletics – women’s 400 m hurdles), Julius Sermona (athletics- men’s 5,000 m), Rosie Villarito – (athletics-women’s javelin throw), Eusebio Quinones (cycling-mountain), Harlene Orendain (fencing-women’s individual epee), Alvin Amposta and Nestor Cordova – (rowing – men’s lightweight double sculls), Jacqueline De Guzman (shooting-women’s skeet), Team Philippines (shooting – men’s trap and skeet categories), Gemma Silverio (wrestling-women’s freestyle 59 kg.), Alven Aragon (wrestling-men’s freestyle 74 kg.), George Vilog (athletics-men’s triathlon) and Marcus Valda (wrestling- freestyle 84 kg.)

Bronze medallists

Eliezer Sunang (athletics-men’s shot put), Joebert Delicano (athletics-men’s triple jump), Team Philippines (athletics- men’s 4X400m relay), Arnold Villaruel (athletics- men’s decathlon), Nino Surban (cycling-mountain), Baby Marites Bitbit (cyling-women’s cross country), Rolando Canlas, Jr. (fencing-men’s individual foil), Joanna Franquelli (fencing-women’s individual saber), Clothelde Nillas and Johnna Lyn Pedrita (rowing-women’s lightweight double sculls), Team Philippines (sepak takraw-men’s hoop and women’s hoop), Emerito Concepcion (shooting- men’s 10m air rifle), Kendrick Uy (swimming – 100m freestyle), Jaclyn Pangilinan (swimming-women’s 100m breaststroke), Team Philippines (swimming – women’s 4X100m free style relay), August Benedicto (triathlon-men’s duathlon), Analiza Dysangco (triathlon-women’s duathlon), Maribel Jambora (wrestling-women’s freestyle 48kg), Ma. Cristina Vergara (wrestling-women’s freestyle 51 kg), Reynato Rene Mercado and Judith Mercado (dance sports- latin american cha,cha, cha),Emmanuel Reyes and Maira Rosete (dance sports-standard waltz), Melisa Gayle Lucas (athletics-women’s triathlon) and Team Phils. (tennis – women’s and mens’s events).

Cash incentives

Meanwhile, Puentevella, the country’s Chef de Mission for the this year’s SEA Games, announced that all medalists – gold, silver and bronze will receive cash incentives from Malacanang as soon as they arrived home on Saturday.

“President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had already promised for the cash incentives and she advised me to remind her after the SEA Games,” Puentevella said.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/bac/2007/12/10/sports/cauayan.native.nails.new.sea.games.record.html

2. sallehon - December 9, 2007

Fencer is surprise package

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Back home, Michelle Bruzola was ranked no. 2 behind teammate Harlene Orendain in women’s individual epee in fencing.

But on Saturday, Bruzola, competing in her first-ever Southeast Asian Games here, outplayed her compatriot, 15-12, to win her first gold medal, even as Orendain made it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines, which stormed to fourth place after racking up 11 golds for a 14-gold total going into yesterday’s contest in the 24th Southeast Asian Games here.

“Masayang-masaya po talaga ako, kasi nanalo kaagad ako sa first SEA Games ko,” said the 19-year-old Bruzola, a third-year BS Information Technology student at the University of the East.

Bruzola swept past Thailand’s Siritida Chochokkkul, 15-11, in the quarterfinals, then turned back Indon Isnawaty Siridar, 15-13, in the semi-finals to arrange an all-Filipino finals against Orendain, a graduate of University of Santo Tomas.

A former volleyball player before switching to fencing, Bruzola said she was nervous at first, but gained confidence when she reached the finals, comforted by the fact that whatever happens, a Filipino will win the gold

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports2_dec10_2007


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