BAGO City-native Kate Julianne Martinez, a student at B. Araneta Elementary School, made history yesterday the Binirayan Sports Complex when she broke the 10-year-old record of fellow Negrense Maika de Oro in the elementary discus throw in the ongoing 2017 Palarong Pambansa.
The 12-year-old Martinez registered 35.56m to set a new record erasing the old 33.07m of de Oro and Negros Island Region’s 10th gold medal in the competition.
On his part, Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo yesterday assured that an incentive awaits Martinez when she gets home as Councilor Cleo Gaudite hopes more Bagonhon athletes succeed in the Palarong Pambansa.
Martinez is the third athlete in the Palaro to break record. Western Visayas’ James Lozanez and Northern Mindanao’s Sylvian Faith Abunda on Monday set new records in javelin throw secondary boys and girls.
Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley’s Irish de Guzman settled silver medal with 30.22m followed by Northern Mindanao’s Jeweliza Sarabosing with 29.65m for the bronze medal.
However, Martinez failed to make it into the medal in the elementary shotput after finishing 6th place with 9.15m with Southern Tagalog’s Maria Sally San Jose won the gold with 10.70m followed by Western Visayas’ Rhealyn Decosta with 9.98m and Northern Mindanao’s Sarabosing with 9.43m.
On the other hand, Negrense John Boy Purisima of calatrava town finished silver medal in the secondary boys’ discus throw behind Central Luzon’s Ed Delina with 41.31m while, Davao Region’s Christian Bautista settled for bronze after recorded 37.79m.
However, NIR bet Kiervi Abelo of Bago City failed to make it to the medal as he finished 6th over-all with 35.26m.
In the secondary girls 400m hurdle, Bernalyn Bejoy of Bacolod City clocked 1:04.25 minutes to win the silver medal for NIR after finishing second behind Central Visayas’ Riza Jane Vallente (1:03.10) as National Capital Region’s Ella Therese Sirilan took the bronze with a clock of 1:04.92.
Meanwhile, finishing at fourth and fifth places, respectively, are Western Visayas’ Pamela Marquillero (1:06.28) and NIR’s Clarine Camahig of Victorias City (1:06.38).*