Western Visayas defends elem Discus Throw gold
TAGUM CITY, Philippines – After beating his personal best, Western Visayas' Peter Petipet Jr again ruled the Discus Throw for the elementary boys after igniting a 33.42 meter tally on Wednesday afternoon, May 6, at the DavNor Ports and Tourism complex.
The 13-year-old Ilonggo dominated over rivals from the 17 regions of the country and successfully defended the title of his region in the event.
"Masayang-masaya ako kasi hindi ko ine-expect na kaya ko pala umabot ng 33 meters," the surprised Petipet said. (I am very happy because I'm not expecting to hit the 33-meter mark.)
Petipet, who will be an incoming grade 6 student at Calicuang Elementary School in Dingle, Iloilo, also clinched the bronze medal in High Jump with his 1.55-meter heave.
"Nagte-training po ako ng 3 to 4 hours a day bilang paghahanda sa araw na ito," he shared. (I train 3 to 4 hours a day in my preparation for this day.)
Despite beating his own record, Petipet failed to break the Palaro record set by National Capital Region's Sonny Boy Tarnatas during the 2005 Palarong Pambansa: a 36.12 meters tally.
The ongoing Palarong Pambansa is the largest grassroots sporting event in the Philippines that aims to develop the potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally-competitive citizens.
Winning coah Carol Bolivar congratulated his player and had this advice for Palaro atheletes:
"Disiplina lang sa mga sarili nila at we encourage them kasi dito sa mga laro ang pathway nila papunta sa future nila like makakuha ng schorlarship offers from different colleges and universities."
(They have to have self-discipline and we encourage them, because these games are their pathway into their future like getting scholarships from different colleges and universities.)
Petipet dedicated his victory to his step-father.
"Iniwan na kasi ako ng totoo kong papa. Hindi ko na alam kung nasaan na siya ngayon." (My biological father left me. I have no idea about his whereabouts.)
Petipet showed sportsmanship and congratulated all his competitors. He will be heading home with two medals in his neck – both to make his step-father proud. – Rappler.com
Jumar dela Cruz is a staff writer of the Department of Education's Davao del Norte division.