ILAGAN CITY – Parañaque City banked on Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Mark Bryan Dula to dominate the swimming competition of the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) Batang Pinoy Luzon leg on Thursday at the Isabela Sports Complex pool here.
The 12-year-old Mojdeh topped the girls’ 13-15 200-m butterfly in the final day of the swimming event to match the five gold-medal haul of Dula in the boys’ 12-under category of the event organized by the PSC for in-school and out-of-school children aged 15 and below.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Para-ñaque swimmer submitted 2:25.74 to beat Laguna province’s Mariah Genara Ubaldo (2:38.88) and Puerto Princesa City’s Maglia Jaye Dignadice (2:43.69) for her fifth gold medal in the weeklong meet.
“Masayang-masaya dahil natalo ko po ang mas matatatandang kalaban ko,” said Mojdeh, who previously ruled the 200-m and 400-m individual medley and the 50-m and 100-m butterfly events.
“Kahit dikit-dikit ang tournaments na sinalihan ko, naka-limang golds pa rin ako. Mag-prepare naman kami ngayon sa Palarong Pambansa,” Mojdeh added.
Also shining in the pool event was 12-year-old Aubrey Tom as the Cainta, Rizal tanker swept her last two events, the 50-m butterfly and 50-m freestyle to hike her haul to five golds in her first Batang Pinoy stint.
“I’m very satisfied with my swim here. I hope I can improve my time in my events,” said the Grade 6 student of International Learning Academy who previously bagged three gold medals in Day 1 of swimming competition last Tuesday.
Sharing the limelight were tracksters from Pangasinan province led by Rufo Adrian Reguine and Juntine Angelo Munoz.
The 15-year-old Reguine copped his second gold in athletics after beating his rivals in the boys’ triple jump event with 13.28 meters, beating Camarines Sur’s Gilbert Andrei Velasco (13.10) and Ligao City’s Rex BJ Banzuelo (12.53).